Spring 2016 programming

Find your Fit and have a healthy new year! Free activities for current faculty, staff and students.

We're here to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals. If you're a first timer, don't worry. We will guide you through every class and workshop, providing easy-to-follow instructions, and showing modifications that match your experience level. We promise you'll come away feeling motivated, challenged and confident in your knowledge and skills — making 2016 the year for a healthy, happy you.

No membership required for these programs and activities. 

Laughing Yoga

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3
EG-14/18

With Patti Dowd, program coordinator and certified Laughing Yoga instructor.

As seen on the Oprah Winfrey show and CNN, Laughing Yoga is an exercise routine developed in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria in India and has spread across 100 countries. The concept of Laughing Yoga is based on scientifically proven evidence that the body cannot differentiate between voluntary laughter and spontaneous laughter-you get the same physiological and psychological benefits. Clinical research has proven the Laughing Yoga lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc.) in the blood. Laughter yoga is done in groups, with eye contact and playfulness between participants. Deliberate laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter. Although yoga can take many forms, it is most often associated with asanas, sun salutations and down dogs. Laughing Yoga doesn't include any asanas. It is just a light hearted way to blow off some steam, lighten your emotional load and have some fun.

REGISTRATION: Our Find your Fit classes are open to all current students, faculty, staff and students. Faculty and staff must register through the University Center for Training and Development while students should send an e-mail to camprec@binghamton.edu.

Debunking Food Labels

Noon Friday, Feb. 26
EG-TBD

With Melanie Peranich, dietician for Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo

Grass fed, cage free, organic, all natural, low fat, fat free, gluten free, dairy free. It's enough to make your head spin, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming or confusing! Come find out common mistakes and misconceptions surrounding food labels and make your next trip to the grocery store a breeze.

REGISTRATION: E-mail camprec@binghamton.edu to sign up.

Aqua Jogging

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9
EG pool

Have you been looking for that high cardio workout without the high impact? Aqua jogging is a great way to enjoy the benefits of a cardio workout without the strain. With this 50-minute introductory class we will go over basic technique as well as complete an interval based aqua jogging workout. This program is for anyone who is interested in gaining knowledge about alternative aquatic exercises. Swim suit is required. Meet on the Recreation Center pool deck.

REGISTRATION: Our Find your Fit classes are open to all current students, faculty, staff and students. Faculty and staff must register through the University Center for Training and Development while students should send an e-mail to camprec@binghamton.edu.

Fueling your Body on a Budget

Noon Wednesday, April 6
EG-TBD

With Melanie Peranich, dietician for Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

When you've got a tight budget, meal planning and grocery shopping has its challenges. And, when you're dedicated to eating healthy, it's even trickier. But eating healthy doesn’t always have to be expensive. Join Sodexo dietician Melanie Pernaich who will discuss tips and tricks to making healthy choices while staying within your budget. 

REGISTRATION: Our Find your Fit classes are open to all current students, faculty, staff and students. Faculty and staff must register through the University Center for Training and Development while students should send an e-mail to camprec@binghamton.edu.

Healthy Hike

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
Meet in front of Mohawk

Get healthy, get happy, while hiking! Hiking is good for the body and the mind. Come step into the woods and boost your mood. The fresh air, nice views, the sounds and smells of nature-all have a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety. “Being in nature in ingrained in our DNA and we sometimes forget that” states Gregory A. Miller, PhD and president of the American Hiking Society. Research shows that spending time in the outdoors also increases attention spans and gets those creative juices flowing far more than sitting. Hiking works our bodies as well, burning calories, improving balance, lowering risk of heart disease, boosting bone density and improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Plus the trails are softer on the joints than asphalt or concrete. Come join us for a healthy, happy hike. All levels welcome.

REGISTRATION: Our Find your Fit classes are open to all current students, faculty, staff and students. Faculty and staff must register through the University Center for Training and Development while students should send an e-mail to camprec@binghamton.edu.

Last Updated: 1/25/16