4 Cool Ways To Get Fit In Tallahassee

4 Cool Ways To Get Fit In Tallahassee

Get ready to get sweaty.

If you're looking to get fit while at Florida State University, you're in luck. Tallahassee has so many great ways for students to workout that may be way different and way cooler than what you have in your hometown. Here are four great places to check out if you want to get and stay active:

Leach Center and FMC

The best word you can hear while in college is "free" and these two facilities are a 100 percent free, or at least included in your tuition. Leach also has a ton of cool classes you can participate in such as Barre Burn, Spin, Kickboxing, and more.

Drip Drop Fitness

If you haven't tried Drip Drop yet, you're missing out. The workouts here are more akin to a dance party than a traditional workout. Don't let how much fun you're having fool you, though because you will sweat!

Sky Zone Skyfit

Working out on a trampoline? Yes, please! You may not know this but Sky Zone actually offers aerobics classes! This is one of the most unique workouts I've ever heard of. Basically you go through a standard aerobics class, but on a TRAMPOLINE, sign me up!

Capital City Runners

Want to run, but don't know where to go or who to go with? Join the Capital City Runners on Monday or Thursday for one of their biweekly runs. They accommodate all levels and make sure no one's left behind. It's also a great way to meet new people!

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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants

Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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Not Having A Smartphone Actually Makes Me Happier

Or how to survive the 21st century without a permanent Internet connection.

According to my findings, it is commonly expected that you exchange Snapchat profiles and Instagram feeds with people you first meet before further engaging in bonding activities. Hence, when I tell them that I do not have a smartphone, I’m always amazed at the way their eyebrows climb towards their forehead to express the utmost bewilderment.

I chuckle as their mouth slowly opens to form a round hole from which the following words flow: “How do you survive?” I usually respond that I’m doing pretty well, apart from the occasional back pain or the tiredness induced by my daily activities. What I’m truly wondering is how I survived before, when I did have a smartphone.

I remember the constant noise, the visual stimulus popping on my screen, every minute of every hour of every day – notifications from a multitude of people I barely knew, as a thousand trumpet players preventing me from thinking straight, gigantic blinders blocking my view.

I remember the vicious strategy implemented for me to waste as much time as possible, eyes bound to the glass rectangle, deaf to the world around me – feeding off my love for things to capture me inside a virtual cage.

Covered by the false purpose of connecting people, the hellish device wanted nothing less than the death of my capacity to enjoy the moment.

Who needs to be available at all times, his brain constantly exposed to mainly irrelevant information and useless content? Is it a life to be permanently chained to others, unable to escape from requests for attention? Does it matter to you this much?

Now that I’m out of there, looking back gives me the chills. When I walk in the world and I see all those still trapped in their virtual cage, I wish to scream at them, shake their arms, throw their $999 device far away and watch it burn as a weight is being lifted off their shoulders.

Living without a connected smartphone is completely doable. I have a functioning iPhone 4s, no data plan, and four apps installed: Messenger, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Spotify – hard to survive without music, I’ll give you that. As long as I don’t have a Wi-Fi nearby, I’m off the grid. I also carry a “phone” with me in case of emergency – one of these old black brick with a week-long battery capacity.

Indeed, every trip becomes more of an adventure since using Maps is not an option. I reconnected with people as I asked my way around, and I rediscovered the mere excitement induced by getting lost. Every walk is a pure enjoyment of my surroundings, every conversation an uninterrupted flow of care, every downtime an occasion to think and reflect rather than watching pictures of places I’ll never go.

It relates to our most precious resource – time – and what we decide to do with it.

Don’t get me wrong: technology is fantastic. I’m more resentful towards the intrusion of social networks in our daily lives, the constant claim to our attention, and the seldom realization of the issue. As we constantly concede the “now” into a box made of glass and plastic, we give some of our humanity away.

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