Each spring, we inspire Active Badgers everywhere to get up, get outside, and get moving. Inspired by National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, Active Badger Day is a full day of opportunities to play hard, get fit, and live well.

Past activities have included healthy meals at campus dining halls, group fitness classes at various campus locations, log rolling, a snowshoe trek across Lake Mendota with Outdoor UW, Late Night Skate, and more.

Thursday, March 2, 2023.


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All Day: #ActiveBadger Day Social Media Challenge

Attend any events and post a picture with the #ActiveBadger to be entered to win one of the following:

  • Rec Well Hoodie
  • Rec Well Backpack
  • Rec Well Duffle Bag
  • And more!

All Day: Free Group Fitness Classes (Virtual and in-person)

Whether you want to start your day with an energizing HIIT workout or end it with a fun Zumba class, all group fitness classes are free today.

Virtual classes are offered via Zoom. In-person classes are at the Nicholas Recreation Center. You must sign up before class on Registration opens 48 hours in advance.

Anyone who participates in any group fitness class will be entered to win free Rec Well yoga mats.

Group Fitness classes are free for students and Rec Well members.  Please bring your Wiscard or Rec Well membership card to class.

7:30 - 8:15am: Cycle Strength: Marvel Movie Theme Songs (SOLD OUT)

We all have an inner hero waiting to get out. Ride along to the sound of iconic Marvel movie theme songs in this 45-minute Cycle Strength class.

10am - 7pm: Self-Guided Tours at Chazen Museum

In collaboration with the Chazen Museum, experience art while moving! Use different walking paths with specific mileage for each guest. There will also be Chazen water bottles given away.

11:30am - 2pm: #ActiveBadger Day Lunch at Gordon Avenue Market & Four Lakes Market

We’re cooking up all the goodness for lunch exclusively at Gordon Avenue Market and Four Lakes Market. Enjoy a menu including miso cod, spicy-sweet potatoes and quinoa, and green beans with blistered peppers and shallots.

12 - 12:30pm: Center for Healthy Minds Speaker at Lake Mendota Room, Dejope Hall

Reboot, relax, and refresh with a midday meditation practice! You’ll learn about some of the science of meditation, along with how to practice and a short, guided practice.

12 - 4pm: Free Snowshoe Rentals at Outdoor UW

Take advantage of free snowshoe rentals from Outdoor UW and hit the frozen lake for a hike.

3 - 4:30pm: Curling at the Dean of Student's Office, Bascom Hall

No ice? No problem. Take your talents inside to the Dean of Student’s office for indoor curling.

4pm - 7pm: Giveaway Table

Visit the Nick anytime from 4-7pm and win a free t-shirt at the marketing table while supplies last.

4:15 - 5pm: Cycling: Badger Game Day Theme

Jump Around, Sweet Caroline, Build Me Up Buttercup; the list goes on. There’s nothing better than Badger game days, so we’re turning up the heat during this game-day-themed cycling class.

4:30 - 5:15pm: Powerflow Live Stream at the MSC

Join us at the Multicultural Student Center in the Red Gym for a Powerflow fitness class. We’ll be live-streaming the class from the Momentum studio in the Nick. Bring a water bottle and get ready to move!

4:45 - 5:45pm: Jr. Active Badger Field Day

Spend some time enjoying the great outdoors with our youth programs staff. The afternoon will be complete with winter-themed games for the whole family! Grown-ups are required to stay and are encouraged to participate.


5 - 8:30pm: #ActiveBadger Day Dinner at Gordon Avenue Market & Four Lakes Market

Join us at Gordon Avenue Market and Four Lakes Market for a dinner that is sure to make your Active Badger Day. Devour a menu including curry stew, brown basmati rice, wheat berry pilaf, ginger glazed salmon, Swiss chard, and roasted root vegetables. Yeah, we know it sounds good.

5 - 6:30pm: Floating Pool Obstacle Course at the Nick

Are you ready for our version of Wipeout? Take a dive and tackle the Wibit, a pool obstacle course, at the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center.

5:15 - 6:15pm: Cycling Strength: 2010's Hits

Hit the bike with some of your favorite hits from the 2010’s.


6 - 8pm: Ready, Sett, Bowl

How good is your armswing? Whether you are a loyal bumper user or a pro, all are welcome at FREE open rec bowling at the Sett.

6:15 - 7:15pm: Glow in the Dark Zumba

Glow in the dark makes everything better… including Zumba. First come, first served!

6:30 - 7:30pm: Barre: Female Artists

Join us as we celebrate some of our favorite female artists like Britney Spears, Cardi B, Missy Elliot, Gwen Stephanie, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. First come, first served!

7:30 - 8:15pm: Candlelight Powerflow

Is there a better way to wind down the night than under candlelight? We don’t think so. Practice those cat and cows with us at the Nick for some yoga with ~ambiance~.

11:15pm - 12:45am: Late Night Skate

This is your chance to be Rec Well’s Nathan Chen and win gold. Whether you are whipping axels or just trying to stay on your feet, join us as we round out the night at open skate.


Shout out to our friends on campus and in the community for making Active Badger Day the best way to spend a Thursday.

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