May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Knights Circle has got you covered! With our 24-hour fitness center, you can get yourself in shape just in time for the summer. Here's a few workout tips from Better Health to help you meet your fitness goals and ensure your safety in our facility:
1. Be aware of your body. Think about how the particular exercise is making you feel. If something doesn’t feel right, stop immediately and seek medical advice.
2. Warm up and cool down. Try slow stretches and go through the motions of your sport or activity before starting. Cool down with slow stretching.
3. Pace yourself. Have at least one recovery day each week to rest. If you are experiencing pain, rest until the pain has gone.
4. Mix it up. Try other sports and exercises to reduce the risk of overtraining.
5. Strap or tape. If a joint is prone to injury, consider strapping or taping it before exercising. Even better, see an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist to obtain a program to strengthen the injured area and get advice on proper taping techniques.
6. Stay hydrated. You can lose around one and a half liters of fluid for every hour of exercise; so drink water before, during and after a session.
7. Be weather aware. Take it easier in hot weather and wear clothing and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements.
8. Do it right. Try to get the technique right from the beginning, to ensure you are using your muscles correctly.
9. Check your gear. Make sure your shoes and equipment fit properly and are right for the activity. Look after your equipment and check it regularly for safety.
10. Be sensible, especially at night or in secluded areas. Take a friend or your dog, stick to well-lit areas and wear bright or light-reflective clothing so drivers can see you. We hope to see you there soon!
As some of you already know, Knights Circle is making an effort to be more Green, as well as giving our residents the tools they need to be more environmentally conscious! Below you will find some features at Knights Circle as well as some tips to be more Green in 2017!!
VALET RECYCLING: Knights Circle is leading the charge in Eco-Friendly amenities with our Valet Recycling program! You simply need to go the Phase 2 office and pick up one of our blue recycling bags, fill it with your recyclables and put it out with your regular waste on Wednesdays and it will be picked up for you.
GETTING TO SCHOOL: Knights Circle has a DIRECT UCF shuttle, with stops all over the property that drops student off right at the Student Union of UCF, not only saving you some gas and parking costs, but taking away the headache of finding parking in the first place. Don’t forget, we are right across from the school, so you can easily walk or bike as well!
HOME ENERGY SAVING:
Only run full loads in the Dishwasher and Washing Machine. A full load will use the same power as a partial load, but get much more done!
Put up curtains if the sun is making your apartment hot, and make sure you turn on your fan!
Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible!
Buy local as much as possible. The less distance it has to travel the less resources need to be used.
Buy a couple reusable grocery bags, the average person uses about 1,500 plastic bags a year that end up in the landfill!
When you get coffee, bring your own insulated cup!
These are just a few tips, but don’t think that you aren’t making a difference. Every little bit counts! Thanks for helping us Go Green!
We know little something about spring break… and we’re counting down the days until we can ditch the stress of school, rock beachy waves and sip on strawberry daiquiris with our bums in the sand with our best collegiette friends.
But first, packing. This can be a daunting task, especially when our even our favorite professors are cramming every last test, quiz and essay into the days right before break. Thankfully, we’ve mastered the mission of packing for the ultimate spring break trip and we’re here to help!
Tip: Use an oversized shopper beach bag as your handbag/carry-on for traveling to your spring break destination. Whether you’re going by car, bus or plane, you’ll want to keep these items easily accessible.
o Ticket(s) (for traveling and any events you’re attending)
o Cell phone
o ID (if you’re staying within the U.S., use your driver’s license, or if you’re traveling abroad, bring your passport!)
o Sunglasses—we recommend this ultra cool pair of rimless aviators!
o Wallet (keep some cash on you in case you run into any issues with your cards)
o Reusable water bottle (make sure it’s empty if you’re going through airport security!)
o Antibacterial gel
o A bikini and cover-up (in case your luggage gets delayed!)
Tip: Don’t bring your whole medicine cabinet with you! Stick to the necessities to save space and go for that effortless, surfer-chick lifestyle this week! If you’re traveling by plane, remember TSA’s 3-1-1 rule: any liquids, gels, creams, pastes, and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce bottles or tubes in 1 quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag, and you’re only allowed one bag per person.
o Face wash
o Sunscreen (even if you’re not in the direct sunlight, sunscreen is absolutely necessary to protect your skin)
o Moisturizer (try something with aloe in case you get a sunburn!)
o Travel-sized shampoo, conditioner and soap
o Dry shampoo
o Makeup (go for waterproof eye makeup)
o Advil (never underestimate the power of a hangover…)
o Brush (especially a compact kind that’s super portable)
o Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron (coordinate with your friends to have each of you bring one of these tools so you can pack as lightly as possible!)
o Hair ties
o Bobby Pins
o First Aid Kit (better safe than sorry!)
o Feminine hygiene products
Tip: Bring separates that you can mix and match, and keep it casual! Stick to a basic color scheme with only one or two statement pieces.
o 3 to 5 swimsuits (ASOS has the coolest selection of edgy bikinis and bright one-piece suits)
o 3 tank tops and/or tees (we can’t get enough of this embroidered off-the-shoulder top!)
o 3 going-out tops (play up some bold necklines, shimmery sequin show-stoppers, and embellished details for a good variety)
o Sweatshirt or sweater (in case the beach gets chilly, this vibrant hoodie will keep you warm)
o 2 going-out bottoms (white skinny jeans and a bohemian pant sound good to us!)
o 2 pairs of shorts (don’t forget your daisy dukes!)
o Your favorite pair of jeans
o 2 to 3 cover-ups or casual dresses to throw on over your swimsuit (you can’t go wrong with a tribal print chiffon or an Adidas T-Shirt dress)
o 1 nicer dress for going out (like this sequin cami stunner!)
o Sandals (hello beach goddess with these ASOS espadrilles)
o Sneakers and socks (try a fun print like these floral flatforms)
o PJs (this palm tree pajama set looks so comfy!)
o Sweats (lace-up joggers work when you still want to look good chillin’ with no makeup on)
o Leggings (for days when you just want to stay comfortable and still look fierce)
o Underwear and bras (at least one set for every day you’re there, plus 1 to 2 extra)
o Basic, cheap jewelry you can wear with multiple outfits
o 1 cross-body bag for going out (we love this colorful purse that will complement any outfit!)
o Beach towel
o Disposable camera (so you don’t have to worry about your phone or nice camera getting sandy or wet!)
o Chargers (get a cheap portable phone charger for long days at the beach or while you’re en route)
o A good beach read (ignite your wanderlust with The Backpacker’s Survival Guide!)
o Beach hat large enough to shield your from the sun
o Koozies (May you always have a cool—and cute!—drink in your hand)
o Mini emergency/first aid kit
o Zip-lock bag or waterproof pouch for your wet swimsuit
There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination, unpacking your bag… and then realizing you’ve forgotten to bring your toothbrush, favorite bikini or (everybody’s biggest nightmare), your phone charger. Check off every item on this list—and you’ll be set to have the greatest spring break ever!