6 Indoor Activities to do during the Snow Season

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by Ruta Mangle, Telecommunications Engineering MS 

The winters in Upstate New York can go from being pretty decent to being a total disaster. As much as we all love snuggling in our blankets with a cup of hot chocolate, after a point even that gets boring. On a random casual evening or a weekend when you feel like hanging out with your friends, but you don’t know where to go or what to do..try one of these indoor activities with your friends and I bet you would have a lot of fun! The indoor activities mentioned below are all in Rochester, just a few miles away from campus.

1.  Bowling – Bowl-a-Roll

The good old bowling idea will never go wrong, competing with your friends on a bowling lane is nothing but exciting. At Bowl-a-Roll they offer good finger food, beer and great deals. Their weekend deal is as low as $1/lane post 9pm.

Address: 1560 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://www.bowl-a-roll.com/ for open hours.

2.  Laser Tag – Lasertron

Lasertron features a giant 9200 square foot laser tag arena. The arena is divided into two teams and the arena features four large ramp structures to get to the second level, a massive upstairs level, and eight bases.

Address: 1175 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://rochester.lasertron.us/ for open hours.

3.  Bungee Jumping – Altitude Trampoline Park

With over 30,000 square feet of total space, Altitude Trampoline Park is a fresh, new entertainment option for friends, groups, and individuals to have active fun. Altitude Trampoline Park Rochester is an exciting addition to the area entertainment mix and is open all year, rain or shine. This park features high energy equipment such as a rock climbing wall, extreme dodge ball, foam pit, and much more entertainment.

Address: 3333 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://altituderochester.com/ for open hours.

4.  Mystery Room – Great Escape Room

An escape room is a game in which a team of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. The goal is often to escape from the site of the game. The Great Escape Room has a variety of rooms and themes where and you can pick whichever you want based on the availability and your interest. Some examples of their interesting escape rooms are Professor Moriarty’s Gameroom, The President’s Bunker, Dr. Watson’s Infirmary, Sherlock Holmes’ Library and On The Run.

Address: 1150 University Ave Bldg 5, Suite 12A, Rochester, NY 14607

Visit https://thegreatescaperoom.com/rochester/ for open hours.

5.  Indoor Rock climbing – Rock Ventures

Indoor rock climbing is considered one of the most challenging and adrenaline-pumping sports, so if you want to get a workout in with your friends – just go for it. You have to plan and plot how you are going to climb the wall, where you are going to put your hands and feet and then compete with your friends to see who reaches on top first (without falling). This one is definitely my favorite and I am looking forward to doing it this winter.

Address: 1044 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

https://www.rocventuresclimbing.com/

6.  Go Karting Track – Pole Position Raceway

Experience real head-to-head go kart racing at Pole Position Raceway. They have high performance European indoor go karts which are capable of speeds approaching 45 mph, and that seems extremely fast when you are sitting just inches off of the ground trying to navigate a road course up to 1/4-mile in length! From a competition standpoint, their electric go karts are world class. Best of all, the action takes place inside their comfortable state-of-the-art climate-controlled facilities, and there are no smelly fumes!

Address: 17 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://www.polepositionraceway.com/  for open hours.

A focus on fitness

by Josiah Bonifas, MBA student

School can be taxing, both physically and mentally. As our minds stress our bodies tend to stress and breakdown as well. Life becomes a constant struggle to balance good grades, proper rest, and social interaction. On top of that, many students are usually involved in some sort of part time or full-time job. As a 1st year Grad Student I have paid my dues, thus I know firsthand how busy life can get. We end up so overwhelmed by the things we need to get done that we will often neglect to take care of ourselves. I know what you’re thinking. “This guy better not tell me that I should be working out.” Well I won’t say that exactly, but I will say that we should all be taking time to build healthy habits and take care of our bodies. Consider it a long-term investment, just as our studies are.

Mental and physical health are interconnected as study after study shows. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you function better in your studies, and your profession. I know that the idea of even stepping into the gym or making time to work out seems crazy, but there are other things that you can do to start building better habits.

First step is to get up and move throughout the day. I don’t mean like walking from class to class. I mean frequent stretches throughout studying and working. If you can switch it up and work while standing for a bit, give it a shot. Dr. James Levine is credited with the mantra “sitting is the new smoking”. He has studied the adverse effects of our lifestyles for years and is known for inventing the treadmill desk. Because of his extensive studies Dr. Levine declared “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” I encourage you to look him up and read further into it if you have time.

Another step to take to boost your physical health is sweating. I know it sounds a bit gross but sweating has many positive impacts on the human body. Sweating can boost your overall mood and improve mental focus. This can come in the form of working out, or even using RIT’s sauna. Dr. Rhonda Patrick, a health specialist, has studied the effects of physical exertion on the human body. She found a correlation with sweating and mood, productivity, and longevity. She also found that sitting in a sauna provides the same benefits. She encourages people to sit in a sauna 3-5 times a week to boosts overall health. RIT has a sauna available to all students in the Fitness center locker rooms. Although working out provides you with more benefits then the sauna, if you don’t have time to work out try taking some time in the sauna as an alternative.

Other steps you can take to start increasing your physical health are just as easy as the last two. Start by setting small goals and try to hit them each week. Generally, a rule of thumb for remaining active is trying to walk 10,000 steps a day. We all carry our phones with us most of the time, so this shouldn’t be too hard to track. Another step is mapping out a workout plan and trying to get into the gym 2 to 3 times a week. Even if it’s just a quick 10-minute workout, it’ll help build the habit. Lastly be more mindful of your sugar intake and what you are eating. You don’t need to be on a hardcore diet to be healthier. Simply removing soda products, eating a few more vegetables, or not eating late night snacks can help. Whatever you do, implement it in small increments. You might find that it is easier to start forming new habits if you take it slowly rather than trying it all at once. Focus on hitting one or two goals a month, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly they become part of your lifestyle.