Ahh summer. It’s right around the corner. Personally, my favorite season is spring, but I have nothing against summer. It’s a fun time, the days are longer and that makes for an easy way to get exercise. I use summers to get outdoors as much as possible whether working on a roof or tending my garden, getting some sun is necessary. Why not throw in some workouts or events that you can do around town?
First, check out Lafayette & West Lafayette’s event calendar which contains events such as Taste of Tippecanoe in June that brings together excellent food and live music for the public, or the Wabash Riverfest in July that has canoe races, food, natural exhibits, and a 5K run/walk. This is a great way to stay in shape, especially because they provide free food!
With the summer comes a perfect time to plant a small garden and grow some herbs for your kitchen, or if you have more of a green thumb, you can grow much more than that. I have a garden and this is my second year doing it. There’s nothing like growing and tending to something yourself and eating it out of your own backyard. Last year I grew corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, and plenty of the delicious things. Take a look.
Check out this phenomenal way to learn more about simple gardening. The best thing about it? It does not require much money at all. This is actually the method I’ll be using this year.
There are also plenty of fun things to do in and around Lafayette this summer, like paintballing. This is a very fun sport, but you might need to be a little off your rocker to play because those paintballs do hurt. It requires a lot of stamina and demands a lot from the body, however, you won’t even notice because you’ll be having so much fun. Check out the local Dick’s Sporting Goods or Gander Mountain for supplies if you’re interested in that.
For any that may be staying on or near campus, the CoRec is always a great place to go.
For finals week the CoRec has allowed all classes to be free of charge. So if you’ve ever wanted to try something out but didn’t want to pay for it, now would be the time. Especially considering that physical fitness and exercise are extremely beneficial for the brain during a week of rigorous testing. The hours change over the summer, mainly that it closes sooner: 9pm on the weekdays and 6pm on the weekends. Another benefit of the CoRec in the summer is that there are much fewer people throughout the day so there are more machines open and things have a much calmer pace, allowing you to exercise without feeling crowded. There are still exercise classes just like the rest of the year, so if you have some free time around campus you should definitely try one.