I hope that your semester is going well and that you are staying warm. One way to beat the cold is to move, move, and move some more. If you have been exercising, give yourself a pat on the back. You know how good exercise makes you feel. It doesn’t take long to warm you up either.

If you don’t exercise, consider making March your month to start.  Start your own March Madness. Why not think about incorporating exercise into your weekly routine?  It will surely help to get you off on the right foot for the spring season, which is just around the corner.

A copy of the group fitness schedule for March 2015 is online for your reference. For those of you who have never taken any of our classes, if you are interested in getting in shape and improving your health but don’t know where to start, we can help.

The Sports and Recreation Group Fitness program offers opportunities to exercise and have fun at the same time. Classes include aqua aerobics, step aerobics, body sculpt, yoga, resist-a-ball training, tone and stretch, interval workout with cardio dance, Pilates-style mat workouts, and ZUMBA. Individuals of all fitness levels are welcome in classes. Instructors will provide special assistance for those who may be new to exercise.

CSI students: Why not end winter and start the spring off by being active and taking a group fitness class?  They are free for students. You do not need to sign up ahead of time. You can go to any and all classes that interest you. Just be sure to bring your student ID card. Remember, beginners are welcome in all classes.

CSI faculty and staff, and members of the community can take advantage of the program by purchasing a Sports and Recreation membership, which includes access to all the Sports and Recreation Center (Building 1R) has to offer (e.g., group fitness classes, cardio room, weight room, racquetball courts, pool.) Those who want to participate in group fitness classes only can purchase tickets for group fitness classes. Group fitness tickets are sold in books of five for $40. More information about membership fees and purchase of group fitness ticket booklets is available at the membership desk in the Sports and Recreation Center, Room 204 or by calling 718.982.3150. Membership desk hours are:

-Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00am to 8:00pm

-Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm

-Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm

If you are still a little hesitant about getting started, give me a call at 718.982.3084 and we can talk about your goals and what might be an appropriate place for you to start. Do you have ideas about fitness classes or services you would like to see offered? Feel free to send suggestions or questions about the program to marianne.mclaughlin@csi.cuny.edu.

Note:  The schedule for April will be posted on the College’s Website at the end of March.