Northwoods Adventure: BSU Students Taking Advantage Of Gillett Wellness Center During Cold Weather


>>A BIT OF A SURPRISE THERE.>>AJ: YEAH. ASTROS THE FAVORITE COMING IN.>>DENNIS: THE CHANGE IN WEATHER HAS BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WORKING OUT INDOORS. FOR THIS WEEK’S NORTHWOODS ADVENTURE, REPORTER MALAAK KHATTAB TELLS US HOW THE WEATHER CAN IMPACT PEOPLE’S USAGE OF THE GILLETTE WELLNESS CENTER.>>THE COLD TEMPERATURE HAS STUDENTS AND FACULTY FEELING A BIT.>>SAD AND DEPRESSED.>>I LOVE THIS WEATHER. IT’S MY FAVORITE KIND OF WEATHER.>>IT’S A LITTLE COLD.>>THE IMPACT OF THE WEATHER CAN SOMETIMES DETERMINE IF SOMEONE WANTS TO WORK OUT INDOORS OR OUTDOORS. THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS REGISTRATION AT BEMIDJI UNIVERSITY SAY THEY SEE AN INCREASE OF PEOPLE COMING TO THE GILLETTE WELLNESS CENTER STARTING FROM MID OCTOBER ALL THE WAY THROUGH APRIL. IAN JUNGLES SAYS IT DOESN’T MATTER TO HIM WHETHER HE WORKS INSIDE OR NOT BUT SAYS HE PREFERS OUTDOORS.>>I THINK I LIKE TO RUN OUTDOORS IN THIS WEATHER, BUT AS FAR AS SPORTING EVENTS ARE CONCERNED, IT KIND OF SUCKS. RUNNING IN THIS WEATHER IS REALLY NICE. I PROBABLY WOULD BE RUNNING OUTSIDE IF I KNEW THE AREA.>>FOR BSU ATHLETE BEATRICE, AS SOON AS IT GETS COLD, SHE SAYS THEY START TO TRAIN INDOORS.>>IT’S A DOWNER. WE LIKE TO BE INSIDE AS MUCH AS WE CAN. IT’S A LOT EASIER TO RUN IN THE GRASS. WHEN WE HAVE TO COME IN HERE IT, CAN LEAD TO MORE INJURIES.>>WHEN IT COMES TO TRAINING, THE ASSISTANT SPRINT COACH SAYS THERE’S A DIFFERENT BETWEEN TRAINING INDOORS AND OUTDOORS.>>INDOORS, YOU DON’T HAVE ANY FACTORS. OUTSIDE YOU HAVE FACTORS. IT COULD SNOW, RAIN, BE REALLY HOT. BUT INDOOR, IT’S CONSISTENT.>>YOU’LL FIND A LOT OF STUDENTS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE WELLNESS CENTER.>>MORE COMMUNITY USAGE, ALUMNI USAGE. DEFINITELY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, WE SEE IT IMPACTS AFTERNOONS INTO EVENINGS, HEAVILY USED. OFTEN DAYS WE CAN SEE 300 TO 600 USERS COME THROUGH.>>THE WELLNESS NEVER OFFERS SEVERAL MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS AND IT’S OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY.>>WE ARE OPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND SERVING A LARGE POPULATION OF BEMIDJI.>>THE FACILITY HAS FOUR BASKETBALL COURTS, TWO WEIGHT ROOMS, FOUR RACQUETBALL ROOMS, SIX LANE POOL, CLIMBING WALL AND INDOOR TRACK. REPORTING FOR THIS WEEK’S

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