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Just keep swimming, just keep swimming

Ever wonder what just 10 minutes of swimming laps can do for your health? Check out this post to find out this and more fun facts about swimming!

Make sure to come out to the Cougar Welcome

Make sure to come out to the Cougar Welcome Pool Party this Friday from 6 to 9pm! #SIUe19

Workout of the Week — Aug. 24

Mason Jar Meals

Beat the Summer Heat

SIUE Campus Rec Fall 2014 In a Nutshell

The Fall 2014 Semester was an exciting one for SIUE’s Campus Recreation. From our Intramural sports to the first ever Glow Climb, Campus Recreation has had a busy, but extremely fun semester!

There were many Intramural leagues and events that went on this semester. With the classic leagues like soccer and softball to tournaments like pool battle ship and dodgeball.


The Fall Semester contained 25 different, competitive intramural leagues and events that allowed for students to stay fit and active all while being able to play in an environment that was fun and enjoyable. Congratulations to all of the champions of our Intramural leagues and events! Be sure to keep an eye on for the upcoming IM season in Spring 2015!

Another event that Campus Recreation put on this semester was Tons of Fun. This free event was open to not only SIUE students but their families as well. There were bounce houses, crafts, food, and games that allowed for the event to be a hit among those who attended!

Here are a few fun pictures from the event:

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Not all activities through Campus Recreation are done indoors; with Outdoor Recreation there are multiple trips taken throughout the semester. At the beginning of the semester, Outdoor Rec goes on a camping trip/climbing trip to Jackson Falls, a horseback riding trip to Pere Marquette State Park, and at the end of the semester, they take a Ski and Snowboarding Trip to Copper Mountain, Colorado!

Here are a few pictures from the trips Outdoor Recreation went on throughout this semester:

A rider getting ready to head out on the trails!
A rider getting ready to head out on the trails!
A snapshot taken from Copper Mountain, Colorado where the Ski and Snowboarding Trip took place!
A snapshot taken from Copper Mountain, Colorado where the Ski and Snowboarding Trip took place!



















Finally, on November 18, 2014 the First Ever Glow Climb was held at the Indoor Rock Wall in the Vadalabene Center! The night was filled with free climbing, food, drinks, and prizes!

A climber from the first ever Glow Climb!
Some climbers from the first ever Glow Climb!











This semester quickly came to a close with so many different events occurring with Campus Rec. We are looking forward to the Spring 2015 semester beginning soon with more fun activities and events to come along with!

Happy Holidays, see you next year!

Skiing Vs. Snowboarding

One of the best parts about winter is that it is finally cold enough to snow. Which means that you can head up into the mountains and go skiing or snowboarding. Not only are these winter activities fun but they also burn a lot of calories and have many health benefits!

Cross Country Skiing:

The benefit to cross-country skiers is that they are simultaneously engaging every major muscle group to propel forwards, which burns a lot of energy , up to 500 calories per hour, and it increases aerobic fitness. The best part about this type of skiing is that not a single muscle group is overstressed which allows that movement to be sustained for hours. Even with all this muscle use cross-country skiing does not shock the knees and it entails a low risk of pulling a muscle or tearing ligaments.

Due to all the strenuous activities on your muscles most people would think that they would be sore the next day but there are ways to prepare your muscles so you do not get these aches and pains.

  • Do one to two sets of twelve chair stands daily one month prior to the snowy adventure.
  • Do one to two sets of twelve seated leg extensions

The most important step to remember is after skiing your muscles will be very tight and rigid so stretching is a must!


Snowboarding is also an aerobic exercise that offers an intense cardio workout which helps burn up to 450 calories per hour plus it increases your endurance. Snowboarding not only works all the muscle groups like skiing does but it also works muscle that are not used often, like the ones in your feet and ankles. All muscle groups are used for a different part of snowboarding. For example, you will use your quads, hamstrings, and calves to ride the board, the muscles in your feet and ankles will help you steer, and your arms and shoulders are used for balance but also to pick you up when you fall (so those will be getting a nice workout). With all of this new-found balance you will need to stay on the board your flexibility is likely to improve which means it will start to become easier to move around the in the snow with your board.

No matter the activity you choose both options have health benefits but the most important one is that you are being active in winter. Being outdoors helps reduce anxiety and can also help with your mental health. So do the right thing and get active over winter break by going to Steamboat, Co December 15-20 with SIUE Outdoor Recreation and hit the slopes! See for more information about the trip!


To check out what the resort has to offer check them out at:


written by Jessica Koonce

Avoiding Heat Related Illnesses

Summer is officially here and it is predicted to be a hot one with a lot of humidity. With that being said, these weather conditions make everyone more susceptible to suffering from heat related accidents such as heat stroke, heat rash, or heat exhaustion.  According to, most people who suffer from heat related problems do not realize it until it’s too late.  The most common is heat exhaustion, so it is important to know all of the causes and symptoms of it.

It is important to stay active in the summer so there are multiple precautions to take to avoid heat exhaustion. Some precautions include:

1. Wearing lose fitting, light colored clothes. Tight fitting clothes do not allow your body to cool properly which can result in your core body temperature to overheat.

2. Avoid sunburn. Make sure to apply sunscreen before sun exposure and apply every thirty minutes while in the sun.

3. Make sure to take a break from the heat. Seek a cooler area to rest for a while to allow your body temperature to cool down.

4. Drink plenty of fluids before during and after sun exposure. If you begin to get thirsty you are already dehydrated and should take a break from the sun and drink plenty of fluids.

Symptoms might happen very suddenly or progressively worsen the longer someone is exposed to the sun. Some symptoms include but are not limited to:

Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat

Heavy sweating




Weak, rapid pulse

Low blood pressure upon standing

Muscle cramps



Fever (if over 104 degrees seek medical attention immediately)

If any of these symptoms arise you should:

1. Rest in a cool place. Air conditioning would be ideal but if that is not an option then seek a shady area where you can rest on your back with your legs elevated above your heart.

2. Drink cool fluids. Drink water or sports drinks; avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages which can lead to dehydration.

3. Apply cool water to your skin. If possible, take a cool shower or soak in a cool bath.

4. Loosen clothing. Remove any unnecessary clothing and make sure your clothes are lightweight and nonbinding.

If you don’t begin to feel better within one hour of using these treatment measures, seek prompt medical attention immediately. Prolonged exposure to this illness can lead to serve heat stroke which can kill or cause damage to other internal organs.

For more information on heat exhaustion please visit

 Written by Jessica Koonce

Cougar Lake Pool

Cougar Lake Pool will be opening on May 24, 2013 at 12 pm. The pool will be home to a brand new Splash Pad. It will be located where the wading pool used to be and will feature various sprinklers accessible to everyone.

To see the progress of the Splash Pad click here

Remember, students who are currently enrolled in summer classes can use the Cougar Lake Pool at no extra charge.

Students who are not enrolled in summer classes, but were enrolled in the previous semester, can purchase a membership this summer for only $26!

Plus, Cougar Lake Pool memberships are available to the outside community too!

So come out to the pool and have a great relaxing summer!


Fitness & Strength A Construction

emptyWhat happened to our fitness equipment? 

As you may have noticed, Fitness & Strength A is offline and most of the cardio equipment has been moved to Court 4 for your use. We have cleared this room for an upcoming project involving a new floor and other small upgrades to this area. This construction will begin on April 29 and continue until approximately June 7. All other equipment is being stored during this construction and will be available upon completion of the project. 

empty2New Sport Impact Flooring

  • Highly durable, non-slip, embossed surface
  • Designed for heavy fitness equipment
  • Antibacterial, non-porous floor
  • Very long lifespan
  • Easier to clean and maintain

Improved Electrical Power

  • More electrical outlets
  • Improved layout of outlets
  • Flush in floor power outlets

If you have any questions about using the Fitness Center during this construction or concerns about the process, please come see us at the Reception Desk!


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