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AggieFit can help you keep your New Year's resolution long past January

Date: 02/03/2014

January has come and gone, and if you're like most people who made a health and fitness-related New Year's resolution, you may find that your resolve has weakened. In fact, a 2007 study from the University of Bristol found that 88 percent of those making New Year's resolutions failed to meet their goal. By mid-February, it's usually much easier to find a free parking space at the gym as people begin to abandon their workouts in favor of the couch.

A fitness class.
Aerobics instructor Tammy Gutierrez leads a noon "Power Cut" class at the New Mexico State University Activity Center. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Many who find themselves lapsing into old habits cite some familiar reasons - they can't find the time, or it's just inconvenient. One way you can improve your chances of success in meeting your health and fitness goals is to vary your workouts. Another is to get your exercise someplace close to the office, where you can squeeze in a lunch break spin class or an after-work swim.

Working on the New Mexico State University campus offers an opportunity to put both of these strategies to work. A membership to AggieFit - available to faculty, staff and their families, as well as students - offers access to classes and equipment for all types of activities, all right here on campus.

Albert Parra, assistant director of AggieFit said about 700 faculty and staff members are signed up for AggieFit, and everyone uses it in their own way, whether that's the pool, the activity center, classes, or group fitness activities like hiking and ski trips.

"If you're looking for a way to become active, there's something for you through AggieFit," Parra said.

The 100,000-square-foot James B. Delamater Activity Center features intramural sports, outdoor recreation, the Aquatic Center and the wellness programs. You can take advantage of the weight room, cardio room, racquetball courts, 12-foot bouldering wall, 25-foot climbing wall, juice bar, dance and aerobic studio, indoor cycling room and running track, and basketball and volleyball courts. You can also rent outdoor recreation equipment and participate in intramural sports including flag football, table tennis, badminton, kickball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, disc golf, racquetball, grass volleyball, dodge ball, softball and golf. Teams compete against each other within the NMSU community. Divisions include men's, women's, co-recreational and open.

Spring AggieFit classes, which are free for members, include yoga, Pilates, aquatic fitness, body sculpting and Zumba, among others, are offered Monday through Friday before and after the workday and during lunch.

The Group Fitness program offers a variety of structured fitness activities with instructors to guide and motivate you. You can ski or snowboard Feb. 28 to March 2 at Taos Ski Valley for just $40 plus the cost of your lift ticket and gear. There's also an Organ Needle day hike planned for March 16 for $15 and a Broad Canyon day hike April 5 for a $5 fee. Group Fitness also offers clinics on rock climbing and kayaking for free.

Parra said the convenience and value of the AggieFit membership, which is $10 a month for members and $15 a month for their dependents, are two reasons many members continue to use the service.

"Our facilities are amazing," Parra said. "For that price, it's a great deal. And the payroll deduction option can be a great motivator - people say, 'I'm already paying for it, I'd better get in there and use it!'"

For more information about AggieFit and the courses and trips offered through the Activity Center, intramural sports and group fitness programs, visit http://recsports.nmsu.edu.

AggieFit also periodically offers health screenings and other benefits through the Campus Health Center. A healthy heart screening is being offered exclusively for AggieFit members from Feb. 3 to 7 at the Health Center. The event will include a blood pressure screening and a complete metabolic/lipid blood test (total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL, LDL, glucose, electrolytes, kidney/heart/liver function) for $20.

Appointments will be available from 7:30 to 11 a.m. each day and membership status with AggieFit will be verified.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Campus Health Center at 575-646-1512.

Written by Amanda Bradford

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