Making Time for Fitness

Boyce Campus Exterior in Fall
Article by: Dr. Quintin Bullock, CCAC President

Welcome of the first blog post of the fall season! After a long, sweltering summer, I know I’m ready for some sweater weather and to be able to take nice long walks and soak in some scenic fall foliage. And I know I’m not the only one!

Right now at CCAC, many of our faculty and staff, including myself, are taking part in the SparkPittsburgh step challenge between September 1 and October 15. As of the writing of this post, CCAC employees have logged 18,264,072 steps and command an impressive 3rd place standing in the Large Companies category—go team!

This got me thinking about the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy body and mind. It can be difficult to make time for fitness and recreation, especially if you are a busy college student with other work and family obligations. But if anything, the health benefits of exercise are even more important when one has a lot on their plate.

Fortunately, unique opportunities for outdoor recreation abound at each of the CCAC campuses. At Allegheny Campus, there are dozens of beautiful historic homes to explore on foot, as well as large scenic parks and a nearby Healthy Ride bike station. Boyce Campus, adjacent to the 1,096 acre Boyce Park, is itself situated on lovely rolling hills and includes a scenic pond and woods on its grounds, in addition to a baseball diamond.

CCAC North Campus is only a short drive away from North Park, which is not only the largest park in Allegheny County, but also features a wide range of outdoor activities including swimming, golfing, ice skating, tennis and basketball courts, in addition to miles of hiking and biking trails. South Campus has miles and miles of scenic hiking trails right on the grounds—so convenient! And both North and South Campuses have community gardens to explore.

Outdoors not your thing? Each of the campuses also have fitness centers and basketball courts that are free for students to use, and affordable non-credit exercise classes are also available through CCAC Community Education. There are also intramural sports teams available at each campus if you like the structure of being part of a team.

Runners may be interested to hear that CCAC South Campus is hosting its very first 5k race on October 14. The early bird registration rate is $20 until September 28 and $25 through October 7—CCAC students get a $5 discount! Learn more about how to register for this exciting new event by visiting the CCAC Newsroom.

Personally, I like to ride my bike when the weather is nice, and also get in some exercise by walking whenever I can, visiting the gym, or doing yard work. Making the time to move more makes me feel relaxed, energized and more ready to take on the day.

As you progress through the fall semester, I hope you are able to make time for fitness and to get outdoors and enjoy the vibrancy of the season. Your mind and body will thank you for it!

What does your fitness routine look like? Feel free to reach out on Twitter—I’m @QBpresCCAC.

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