Workout Wednesday: Going for a Walk

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to drive to the gym and get a full workout in. On those days, I try to fit a walk into my day. Whether it’s after work or on my lunch break – anything to get up from my desk and get moving a bit.

I’ve found that having a good playlist to walk to makes it easier and super therapeutic. Even though you might not burn as many calories going for a walk as you would if you made it to the gym, it’s still something. And something is better than nothing.


If you want to actually listen to the playlist, click here.

As always, if you have any songs or albums you like to listen to when  you go for a walk, please let me know in the comment section below.

Employee Spotlight: Felicia Morack

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Graphic Design Intern

Major: Graphic Design and Studio Art double major


Favorite part about working at the Rec? 

“I really enjoy the artistic freedom we are given while designing for the Rec. It’s rare that I am given the opportunity to utilize my studio art skills as well as my graphic design skills. So far I’ve already had the chance to do some photography as well as illustration along with my digital work.”


 Why did you choose the Rec Center for your internship?

Being a senior here at OU, I could not pass up the opportunity to design for something that I already loved and was so invested in. I was really excited about having the chance to impact the Oakland University community with my work.”

What do you want to do when you graduate? 

After graduation I hope to continue on with my graphic design work. I haven’t narrowed it down to a specific field of design yet, but so far I enjoy working with branding and digital illustration the most.


 Favorite Rec activities? 

“I LOVE swimming and any water related activities. I also think the group exercise classes are an awesome resource for students who want to get active.”


What did you want to be when you were 10 years old? 

“An artist! I come from a family of painters and I have always enjoyed the art making process.”


What are you most looking forward to this summer?

“Besides having the opportunity to create personal design work, I am going on a vacation to Boston. I’ve never visited before and I’m a big history buff, so I look forward to visiting some museums.”

Workout Wednesday: Stretching Playlist

This is my third week of posting these playlists.  I love that I can combine my love of music with my blogging for the Rec!

This week, I’m sharing my playlist for stretching and cooling down. This playlist was by far the easiest one for me to put together. I am an absolute sucker for a pretty acoustic song.


If  you want to actually listen to the playlist, click the link here.

As always, if you have any songs that you love to listen to when you’re trying to cool down after a tough work out – please do share them with me in the comment section below.

Employee Spotlight: Katie Zeile


Graphic Design Intern

Major: Graphic Design

Favorite part about working at the Rec?

“Getting more graphic design experience!”

Why did you choose the Rec Center for your internship?

“It’s on campus, and I’m getting professional experience.”

What do you want to do when you graduate?

“Hopefully freelance design work or working at a graphic design firm.”

Favorite Rec activities?

“Using the indoor track.”

What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

“A veterinarian.”

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

“Going to the beach and camping!”

Charlotte’s Disney Adventure

Welcome Center attendant and Recreation Leadership Council President, Charlotte Budd, had the opportunity of a lifetime when she was selected to be a part of the Disney College Program this past winter.

On January 16, Charlotte flew down to Orlando to begin a life-changing four months. As an intern, she worked two attractions and Hollywood studios. She worked “Lights, Motors, Action” Extreme Stunt Show and the Studio Back Lot Tour. She worked 40+ hours a week plus took 8 credits.

Why Disney? Charlotte knew people who had done the program when she was in high school. It happened to work with her schedule for the Winter 2014 semester. She applied and got in. She didn’t second guess it and just went for it.


Charlotte learned a lot about how Disney operates as a company, about customer services, and different backgrounds. Most importantly, though, she learned a lot about herself.

“I had never lived on my own before. I had never left Rochester. I went to Adams High School and attend OU. As embarrassing as it is, I didn’t even know how to do my laundry before. I had always lived with my parents. It was a huge growing experience.”

Going from Rochester to  Orlando, there were few surprises. Charlotte was most surprised by how many people she met and how close she got to those people.

“We became best friends. I’m actually going to visit two of my friends for the 4th of July. When you’re with someone every day of the week for fourth months, you become attached.”


As a Welcome Center Attendant, Charlotte learned customer service skills and how to stay positive, which helped prepare her for her time at Disney.

Charlotte plans to graduate in April of 2015. She made a YouTube with photos and clips from her time at Disney. You can watch it here.

Her final thoughts on the experience?

“What made it was the people I was with. You don’t do it for the money or the college credit. You do it for the experience and the people. It was an adventure of a lifetime. It didn’t kill the magic. It just made me love Disney more.”




Workout Wednesday: Core Workout Playlist

Happy Workout Wednesday! This is my second playlist. The songs on this playlist really help me get through the core of my workout – abs, arms, legs – whatever I’m focusing on that day.

The songs have great beats and really help keep me going. I hope they help you too!

Note: There will probably be at least one Justin Timberlake song in every playlist, so hopefully you love his music as much as I do.

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To actually listen to the playlist, click the link here.

If you have any songs that are always on your playlists, please do let me know about them in the comments below (or if you prefer – feel free to tweet them at me!)-


Rec Center Etiquette

Whether you’re lifting weights, running on the treadmill or taking one of our awesome group exercise classes, the Rec Center is a great place to exercise and make strides towards achieving your fitness goals.

To make sure you have the most enjoyable workout possible (and that you aren’t taking away from anyone else’s workout), I put together a list of five Rec etiquette tips for you to keep in mind next time you’re here.


1. Dress Code

Rachel Rosenbloom from wrote an article about gym etiquette. In it, she talks about dress code. She says: “My rule of thumb? If I wouldn’t wear it in front of my parents,  I wouldn’t wear it to the gym.”

I think that’s brilliant. At the Rec, athletic tops and tank tops are allowed. Sorry ladies; this means you cannot wear just a sports bra. And men, this means you must wear a shirt at all times.

With those athletic tops and tanks, you must wear athletic bottoms. No jeans, cargo shorts, or carpenter-style  pants or shorts that can tear padding on equipment.

As much as I want to live by the saying, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it,” I don’t think that’s really appropriate for the gym. Wear appropriate clothing so you aren’t distracting  to those around you.


2. Cleanliness is Key.

Let’s be real for a second – you have no idea who used the treadmill before you. That person may be coming down with a cold or flu. So be courteous and remember to wipe down the machines once you’re  done.

Remember to put any equipment you use back where it belongs. You’d be surprised how much this helps to keep the Rec looking tidy!


3. Ask for Help

I think I can speak for everyone at the Rec – we don’t want you to get hurt. Never be afraid to ask the Fitness Center Attendant how to properly use a piece of equipment. If you’re in a group exercise class and you can’t quite figure out how to do a certain movement, ask! Honestly, you will thank yourself later because when you do exercises correctly, you will benefit from it.


4. Group Exercise Class Rules

We have so many wonderful group exercise classes. A full scheduled can be found here.

I am a HUGE advocate for the group exercise classes here. The classes are a great way to exercise and work towards your fitness goals with like-minded people. These classes are fun, but there is a proper way to behave in class!

Follow the instructor. You may think you know what’s going on, but you will get more out of watching and listening.  If you’ve never been to the class, pick a spot towards the back of the room so you can learn from other students. Finally, if you have to leave early, let the instructor know and pick a spot near the door to stand so you won’t distract other students when you leave.


5. Actually Exercise

Exercising can be really fulfilling and rewarding if you do it with a friend but realize that if you are just standing around talking instead of exercising, you could be distracting others. Save the intense gossiping for dinner later.

Take advantage of the awesome facility we have at Oakland University. By no means am I telling you that you can’t talk when you’re exercising or that you can’t have a workout buddy, but be considerate to those around you.


Hopefully these five tips come in handy for you next time you’re at the Rec. Do you have any more tips that you think should be added to this list?


Share them in the comment section below!