Activities to take the edge off

Banish midterm tension with these local offerings

As week five fades away and week six finds you anxiously awaiting midterm grades, you may begin to feel the effects. A bit of strain in your neck, an ache in your temples. Perhaps your road rage has increased, or you’re beginning to imagine your not-so-reliable lab partner as a human-shaped punching bag.

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Hit and Run: Dodgeball is just one of many options available to help ease your troubled mind.

Whether your symptoms are emotional or physical, the important thing to recognize is that you’ve got stress that needs to be dealt with, and your regular trip to the gym isn’t going to cut it—you need something a little more hardcore. Here are some alternatives to help you regain your composure.

Trampoline dodgeball

Now you can experience the humiliation of dodgeball combined with the exhilaration of jumping on a trampoline. Bring your friends, family, coworkers—anyone you’ve ever wanted to pummel without consequence—and jump into the courts at Sky High Sports. The floors are trampolines, the walls are trampolines, and there’s a giant foam pit you can fling yourself into with reckless abandon.

Sky High Sports
11131 SW Greenburg Rd.

Bikram yoga

Yoga is an amazing way to regain balance, increase flexibility, build strength and calm your mind. Stretching out for 90 minutes in a studio heated to 110 degrees will do all that and more. It’ll make you too exhausted to remember what you were stressed about in the first place.

Bikram Yoga Alberta Street
1301 NE Alberta St.

Commune with nature

Sometimes the only way to reset your mental clock is to get out of town. Luckily, the Portland State Academic and Student Rec Center’s Outdoor Program has plenty of weekend getaways to get you on your way. November is chock-full of day hikes,
climbing trips, whitewater kayaking and camping. Leave all your worries behind and rediscover why you moved to the Pacific Northwest. You’ll come home refreshed and ready to take on the world—or at least finals week.

Martial arts

When the pressure gets to be too much and all you can think about is kicking someone’s ass, then maybe it’s time you gave in and did so—but with adult supervision in a controlled environment. Boxing and martial arts can transform your body into a healthy, well-oiled machine, along with allowing you to burn off any pent up-aggression from a long week in the library. There are a number of studios in Portland, but this place also offers one of the only regular women’s self-defense courses in town.

One with Heart
4231 SE Hawthorne Blvd.


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