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Free (or almost free) ways to move your workout outside

The sun is out, and for some people, summer bodies are on the mind. But don’t get stuck in the gym for countless hours while the gorgeous weather is upon us. Here are just a few free or almost free ways to get your workout in, while enjoying the sunny outdoors.

REI yoga and other classes

The Eugene REI store holds free classes for whoever wants to join their team of experts. On April 30, Eugene REI is hosting an outdoor yoga class — but hurry, spots are almost gone! If spots run out, there is a wait list.

“We don’t really turn anyone away,” Wayne Beckwith, market coordinator for REI Eugene outdoor programs said. “But it is important that everyone registers and at least gets on the wait list, so we have an idea of how many to expect.”

Check its website to see all upcoming events.

Join an intramural team

This option is not free, but is quite cheap. Joining an intramural team is a great way to try a new sport or relive your high school glory days. Teams usually meet once a week, so it is not a huge time commitment. You must be a UO student and must have the appropriate amount of players per team, depending on the sport. If you need more players or want to join as an individual, you can become a free agent, and you will be matched with other players. There are a few simple steps to join, find them here.

Tennis at the Rec

The Student Recreation Center has tons of equipment for free daily rental. One great way to get outside is by grabbing a tennis racquet and hitting the court! You can also rent volleyballs and check out the sand volleyball courts on campus. Spring term is a great time for a little outdoor friendly competition.

Kayaking the Willamette

The Willamette River runs right in the backyard of UO students. The river is open to recreational activities, including kayaking, canoeing, rafting and floating. For this option, make sure that you are familiar with current river conditions and approach the activity with caution. Perhaps go with a friend who is experienced with the Willamette. Kayaks and other gear can be rented for a small fee from the UO Outdoor Program. Check out a guide to river activities here, as well as a guide for river conditions.

Go for a run

It’s called Track Town for a reason: Eugene loves running. And there are tons of gorgeous trails to choose from. If you want to stay close to campus, choose Hendricks Park or Alton Baker Park trails. Here is a site that lists many options. If you are a competitive runner or trying to improve, you might consider joining the UO Running Club, which holds practices and competes in many track events. You can find them here.

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Alexa Chedid

Alexa Chedid

Alexa is a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in journalism and cinema studies. She's from southern California and her passions include traveling, writing, and finding great coffee & teahouses.