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Kristina Maury graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 2007, earning a B.A. in broadcast journalism. She is a member of the Harvard Law School Class of 2011. In her free time she enjoys sampling new dishes, finding time for fitness, and blogging for Diet.com.

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Fitness U.
by Kristina Maury, Collegiate Correspondent

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When you're paying thousands of dollars a year for college, you want to make sure to take advantage of everything your school has to offer. Most universities allow students to utilize its gym facilities at no cost -- and many offer free or reduced-price group exercise courses too!
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You'll really benefit from a fitness course if you're new to working out and you don't know where to begin or if you have a hard time staying motivated (when you see your peers busting their butts, you'll be more likely to keep up).

Fitness courses are also a great way to meet other students.

I decided to check out a Hatha Yoga fitness class that lasted for an hour and 25 minutes. Hatha Yoga, according to the gym's course description, helps "the mind, body and spirit come into alignment and unite."

Between you and me, I went into the class thinking it would be a breeze. I figured, "How hard can a couple of stretches be?" Boy, was I wrong!

We started off slowly with breathing techniques and light stretching, but by the first half hour I was twisted up like a contortionist, sweating profusely and wondering what I had gotten myself into.

My favorite part of the course: the end when the instructor turned off the lights, played ...    Continue

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