We’ve all been there. A new calendar year rolls around, and after a few weeks you’ve gotten sidetracked from the health and fitness resolutions you originally planned to achieve. Don’t worry, we’re only week three into the spring semester, and our team here at Behind the Bricks is ready to help you get back on track!

We have compiled a list of ways for you to return to your happiest and healthy self.

  1. Take advantage of the Student Life Center.


Not only is the Student Life Center (SLC) filled with endless amenities and activities to partake in, it is also free for students to take advantage of. Located directly across the Quarter Mile from the Student Health Center, the SLC features five multi-purpose courts, seven racquetball courts, two dance studios, a loan-out equipment cage, a boxing room and much more. The SLC is directly connected to the Gordon Field House and the Wiedman Fitness Center. The Field House offers recreational courts and a track, where you can get your sweat on! The Wiedman Fitness Center is two-stories tall, and consists of 16,000 square feet filled with workout equipment for everyone to try.

  1. Not interested in getting your sweat on? Check out the healthy Simply Eats food alternatives offered through RIT Dining Services.


Brick City Café is one of the best places on campus to stop at if you are looking to grab a healthy snack, or a full meal. Centrally located within the Student Alumni Union (to the right of Ben and Jerry’s), Brick City Café is open on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for breakfast, and 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch. An extensive salad and fruit bar is always available, and there is a constantly rotating station in the back that offers fresh fish and vegetarian options.

So next time you’re in the Student Alumni Union, quickly grab a piece of fresh fruit located next to the multiple registers. The Market at Global Village is also filled with healthy snacks from all over the world. Embrace a cultural experience while snacking on something other than chips!

Are you a frequent Gracie’s visitor? Don’t forget to check out their extensive salad bar and the Simply Eats section, which typically offers brown rice, vegetables, gluten-free pasta and various meats.

  1. Take advantage of winter in Rochester.

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While Rochester may not be the warmest and sunniest this time of the year, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to do outdoors. Ritter Arena offers daily public skate hours and ice skating is a fun way to work in some winter exercise. If you’re up for a bit of a drive, Bristol Mountain Ski Resort and Swain Resort are located within an hour from RIT’s campus. Both of these resorts make for awesome weekend trips if you’ve been skiing/snowboarding your whole life, or if you’ve never tried before. Grab a group of friends, and enjoy their discounted student passes! Not only will you be making endless memories, but you’ll also be working up a sweat without even noticing.

  1. Stick to a (somewhat) normal sleep schedule.



Sticking to a regular sleep schedule may sound impossible as a college student, but the impact it will have on your health makes it well worth it. Try your best to stop using all technology 30 minutes before bed, and if you don’t have to be up all night writing a paper, avoid caffeine after 4 p.m. Also, try to sleep only an hour longer during the weekend than your last weekday, so your schedule isn’t thrown off the following weekdays. College students are one of the most notoriously sleep-deprived populations, and sleep deprivation has been linked to lower GPAs! By giving up sleep, you are giving up your concentration, memory and ability to learn in and out of the classroom.

  1. Carry cough drops everywhere!

SolThis may sound odd, but when trying to be healthy, it is important to have cough drops and other medicines available as soon as you start to feel under the weather. Luckily, cough drops are available in the Corner Store located under Nathaniel Rochester Hall, and Sols Underground (located under Sol Heumann Hall). Pick some up, so you are always prepared!

  1. Dress Appropriately for the Weather


Lastly, it is important to dress appropriately for Rochester’s winter season. Dressing improperly can lead to colds and other sicknesses that will prevent you from being your healthiest and happiest self. We suggest that you dress in layers, so you can be a comfortable temperature in the classroom, as well as while walking from class to class. Barnes & Noble (located in Park Point) is filled with RIT apparel of all kinds. Sweat shirts, winter hats, outerwear and even mittens are all available in the store, or online at rit.bncollege.com. It is well worth checking out if you want to stay toasty while representing your university!


Our team here at Behind the Bricks hopes that you will find the above list useful while achieving your health and fitness New Year’s resolutions!

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