LSU Offers Online Fitness Videos

by The Weekly Staff

LSU Offers Online Fitness Videos

Fitness Webcasts can help you work off those holiday calories and get back in shape for 2012.

Lack of time to get to a gym isn’t an excuse anymore because Louisiana State University’s Department of University Recreation is streaming fitness videos and healthy lifestyle tips from professionals online via Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, a market leader for enterprise Webcasting and lecture capture.

All you have to do to access the fitness videos, including dance, yoga, cardio, resistance and tips, is visit the LSU UREC home page, www.lsu.edu/urec.

“Mediasite has allowed LSU UREC to create an online environment that enables students and the public to participate in fitness programs and learn about living a healthy lifestyle from any computer with Internet access,” said Scott Belanger, assistant director of marketing and public relations at LSU UREC. “Mediasite has enhanced our ability to engage students in today’s fast-paced world.”

LSU UREC began recording with Mediasite in the fall of 2008 to expand classes and participants. Instructors guide people through 30-60 minute workouts, and the videos also serve as a promotional tool for recruiting.

More than 30 classes—over 7,872 hours of exercise—have been captured since 2008, and they’ve received more than 24,800 views. In addition, LSU UREC uses Mediasite to Webcast sports competitions and to facilitate student trainings, orientations and debates.

The Mediasite content has been so well-received that the university plans to rebrand its online content and add significantly more in the coming months. It is also in the process of upgrading its Webcasting platform to Mediasite 6, an advancement that became available in December and will allow students and the public to watch Webcasts directly on their iPads, iPhones, iPods and BlackBerrys.

In collaboration with the LSU Student Health Center, registered dietitian Vanessa Richard gives presentations on topics such as nutrition, fitness and eating healthy on a budget. In her “Nutrition and Fitness” session, she offers easy tips for people to manage their weight, including:

  • Make goals simple and realistic.
  • Focus on one goal at a time.
  • Use a non-diet approach to weight management.
  • Customize your plan at www.choosemyplate.gov.

In Richard’s “Beyond Ramen Noodles: Healthy Eating on a Shoestring Budget,” she suggests meal planning and smart shopping tips, including:

  • Plan your menu for the week and consider how you can use leftovers.
  • When your food budget and storage space allow, buy in bulk.
  • Build the main part of your meal around grains and starches.
  • Use frozen or canned goods when fresh ingredients are not in season.
  • Find budget-friendly recipes at SNAP-Ed Connection, http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov.
  • Plan healthy meals at www.mealsmatter.org.

“The UREC Mediasite Webcasts offer students and the general public the ability to participate in workouts when it’s convenient for them, and are also great resources for information about healthy living,” said Gary Weis, CEO of Sonic Foundry. “Sonic Foundry is proud to support the university’s recreation department and is glad UREC is embracing innovative, and now mobile, approaches to reach its audiences through Webcasting.”