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Play & Move

Recreation and Wellness, a department within the Division of Students Affairs, aims to promote the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit of the campus community. Our four pillars focus on Eat, Sleep, Move, and Breathe. We encourage all students to become active participants in all programs and to Play as Lions and Move with Pride.

Please read below for upcoming events, programs, and alternative programming to stay active:

How to Join Atleto

Atleto is the official app for the Recreation and Wellness Department. All events, activities, and fitness are posted on the app. In order to join, please download Atleto from the App Store or Google Play Store. 

In order to accesses Recreation and Wellness Activities:

  1. Please download the “ATLETO” app on a smart device from the App Store or Google Play Store. Atleto logo
  2. Create an account on the Atleto app using your “” email address.
  3. Setup your account by selecting preferences for activities you would like to see on your news feed
  4. After your account has been created, you can search for activities under the “Find Activities”
  5. Select “Join” in order to register for the event
  6. Show up and enjoy!

Group Fitness from home

The TCNJ group fitness instructors are busy creating content and scheduling live classes for you to follow along at home. 

All virtual group fitness classes will be hosted through the Atleto App. Classes will be added weekly by instructors with live or recorded links, or both, depending on the class. Please check the Atleto app regularly for updated class schedules.

In order to accesses the classes:

  1. Follow the step by step directions on the top of this page to download the “ATLETO” app
  2. All classes will be located in the “Rec Activities” tab instead of “Fitness”
  3. Join the class that you are interested in participating in.

Fitness Opportunities

F45 Challenge App

Download the F45 Challenge App through Apple or Google Play Store and sign in using your email for a free subscription and you will have access to F45. The app provides a variety of fitness workouts with or without equipment, wellness and nutrition information, and guides. For more information, please visit the F45 website.

Intramural Sports

NFL Pick ‘Em

Register on between 8/23-9/6. Your goal is to pick the team you think is going to win each matchup every week. After each week, we will update the games with the winners. IMLeagues will track how many matchups you picked correctly and how many you picked wrong. This Pick ‘Em Challenge will cover the entire NFL schedule, leading into Janurary.

Winner will be given an NFL jersey of a player of their choosing!

Instagram Contests

We are hosting two Instagram contests this semester One is a pumpkin carving contest and the other is an ugly winter sweater contest.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Students can submit a picture of their pumpkin from 9/27-10/18. Then, a random bracket will be created where head to head contests will be featured on our social media page. We are going to have the TCNJ Community vote on their favorite pumpkin and the winner from each match-up will move on in the bracket until we crown a champion!

Upload Photo Here

The winner will be given a $25 gift card to Amazon!

Ugly Winter Sweater Contest

Students can submit a picture of their sweater from 11/1-11/29. Then, a random bracket will be created where head to head contests will be featured on our social media page. We are going to have the TCNJ Community vote on their favorite sweater and the winner from each match-up will move on in the bracket until we crown a champion!

Upload Painting Here

The winner will be given a $25 gift card to Amazon!

RECreate Your Night (RYN) Programs and Events

RYN events will remain in person when feasible, as COVID precautions remain in place. Participation numbers will be monitored and set for every event; signing up on ATLETO is crucial to secure your spot and provide input on participation. For the first two weeks of the semester, RYN will be held on the Rec Court(s) to provide appropriate social distancing. All events will be tailored to material and spacing needs, e.g. crafts may be placed in individual bags or certain areas to minimize sharing of tools used for creation of craft. If needed, events will be virtual.

Download and use the ATLETO app to sign-up for events and to hear of any changes within the chat feature.

Please check the RECreate Your Night Activities tab to discover this semester’s unique & fun events!

RYN Craft Examples: Follow Along Videos:

Easy Two Ingredient Cloud Dough

DIY Friendship Bracelets

Sidewalk Paint

DIY Mindfulness Jar

Resources to support your Recreation and Wellness

Free Fitness links

Yoga with Adriene –

Matrix Fitness Exercise Library

How To Exercise At Home: The 50 Best Free Online Workout Resources

Coronavirus Anxiety

Free Trial Links (These sites are for product trials and at the end of trial will ask you to pay for content)

Peloton – 30 day free trial

Fitness Blender – Basic Content is free but can upgrade to premium version

Daily Burn30 day free trial

Wellness and Well-being Resources

TCNJ Campus Well  – Articles and posts about a wide range of wellness topics aimed at college students

Happiness Unpacked: Positive Emotions Increase Life Satisfaction

Free Class on Happiness Offered by Yale (Certificate of Completion Included)

Making Health & Nutrition a Priority During the Coronavirus

How to Curb Emotional Eating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Roadmap to Resilience – Resource to help with your wellness

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Outdoor Recreation

Please take advantage of outdoor opportunities such as hiking, running, biking, and disc golf. However, please continue practicing social distancing and Governor Murphy’s orders regarding the virus and any park closings.

Below is a list of accessible hiking locations, separated by region in NJ.

North Jersey Central Jersey South Jersey
High Point State Park Hartshorne Woods Park East Creek Trail
Mount Tammany Red Dot Trail Sourland Mountain Hiking Trail Wells Mills County Park
Ramapo Valley County Reservation Watchung Reservation Rancocas State Park
Pyramid Mountain Cheesequake State Park Wharton State Forest
Norvin Green State Forest D&R Canal State Park Blueberry Hill
Apshawa Preserve Autumn Hill Reservation Maurice River Bluffs Preserve