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Free ways to feel fit

Ferris business administration junior Monoa Ralison is one of many students who enjoys their daily workout routine.

“I usually start with walking one to two miles around the indoor track. Then, I run about five miles and walk three miles again to cool down. After that, I do the elliptical for about 20 minutes, then I bike 20 minutes,” Ralison said.

According to, developing a fitness routine can help develop other good habits later in life which can decrease the chances of high blood pressure.

“My workout usually takes an hour to an hour and a half. I do it about twice a week. It makes me feel energized,” Ralison said, mentioning that she also makes sure to stretch after her workout.

Cardio can also aid in creating a stronger heart and lungs, according to Ferris chemistry freshman Paul Quinn enjoys pairing his cardio with weight training.

“I usually start with about 15 to 20 minutes of cardio. So, I’ll start on the treadmill or the bike, just something to get my heartrate going. Then, I’ll start with weights. On Mondays and Wednesdays I’ll do arms, and I’ll do legs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays I’ll either do
abs or take it as an extra rest day if I’m feeling extra lazy,” Quinn said.

Quinn enjoys the combination of weights and machines, saying that the variety in his workout keeps it fun.

“I don’t really have a set list of what I do every day. I do what makes me feel good,” Quinn said.

When life gets busy, the busy find balance. Ferris dental hygiene senior Jordan Barker tries to take some time out of the day to get her blood flowing when she can.

“I don’t do this every day, but sometimes in the mornings I’ll do 20 jumping jacks, 20 lunges and 20 squats. And then in the evening time before I go to bed, I’ll do 20 jumping jacks again, 20 crunches and 20 squats. It makes me feel energized and accomplished,” Barker said.

For those who enjoy the gym atmosphere, visit the Rec Center or the Racquet and Fitness Center during their hours of operation.