Smooth Sale-ing: Inexpensive exercise

Looking for a study break, or an exciting way to exercise? Instead of paying for a gym membership you hardly use, get fit with one of these inexpensive alternatives.

Local wanders
Take a stroll to Walnut Springs Park where there are traveling trails and beautiful trees. With the buds blossoming, the pretty colors of spring are starting to shine through. This is a place to be one with nature and maybe even spot a few animals. Millbrook Marsh also has trails, and also includes a boardwalk bike path for a scenic route.

Be a team player
Have a ball by joining your favorite intramural sports team. IM sports are not only a nice workout, but are also a great way to meet new people. From basketball to soccer to table tennis, there are some great opportunities to show off or improve your team playing skills and your athletic bod.

Marathon mania
If training for a marathon or jogging for fun excites you, there are many 5K runs and walks in the spring, including the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Beaver Stadium Run on Sunday, April 22. Many of the runs are inexpensive and the money raised goes to charities, meaning you can get into shape with more than vanity for a purpose!

Let’s go to the…
For fun indoors, the State College YMCA has activities that really rock (pun intended), such as the rock climbing wall in the gym. If you don’t have a membership, on Thursday and Friday nights it only costs $5 to enter. Or, if you don’t want to go off campus, the Intramural Building has many gyms to play sports and have fun with friends.

Whatever your fancy, don’t let finances keep you from your goal of a ripped summer body! This advice, and a little motivation, is all you need to get moving, and to keep saving.

Photo by Nina Abbott

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