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Avoid the dreaded Freshman 15 with easy exercise on campus

Looking for ways to ward off the freshman 15? Campus has you covered.

The newly remodeled Student Rec Center is the perfect place to catch a Zumba, Total Body or Cycle class. The weight room is typically more laid back and less crowded than the Southwest Recreation Center.

It also offers a pool with lane lines. Because of Student Rec Center’s location near the Hub, it’s easy to throw gym shoes in your backpack and pop in for a speedy workout or swim between classes.

Southwest Rec boasts a one-eighth-mile indoor track and a two-story large weight room with a variety of machines.

It even has treadmills that play videos simulating running routes in other countries while you jog. Before you start, grab a locker to stash your keys and wallet in.

You can always try stopping by Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the classic weekday on-campus workout. Zig-zag up and down the steps in the bleachers and job through the spiraling ramps.

When you’re finished, take a seat overlooking Florida Field and cool off while admiring the empty field and enjoying the breeze. Spending time in the Swamp when the thousands of gameday fans are absent is just one of the things that makes you want to say, “It’s great to be a Florida Gator.” (The newly painted wall even shows that slogan).

The Percy M. Beard Track is closed right now for resurfacing, but when it reopens in September with updated public hours, grab your running shoes and go check it out.

Need inspiration for running? This is where UF hosts track and field meets. Welcome to the big leagues.

And finally, don’t underestimate the sidewalks and bike lanes: Your tuition money pays for them. You should use them.

Find the hours of operation for all of UF’s exercise facilities at http://www.recsports.ufl.edu/facilities/facilityhours/week/2013/08/26.

This story originally ran on page 14 on 8/14/2013 under the headline "Exercise is easy on campus"

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