Exercise Tips

Whether you’re walking or jogging, the Ibis Trail is a great place to exercise. Here are some tips from fitness experts at our Wellness Center:

• Stay on the path. Exercise with a partner or a group of people. It’s good for motivation and provides additional safety.

• Wear proper athletic shoes and clothes for the season—light cotton in summer and layered clothing in cooler temperatures. Wear sunscreen and a hat if exercising during the day.

• Be sure to warm up and stretch before and after your workout.

• For optimal benefit, walk three times a week for at least 20 minutes (not including warm up and cool down). Make sure to hit your target heart rate zone.


Safety Tips

• Walk with friends or family.

• Do not wear headphones.

• Drink water before and after your workout.

• If you have an emergency, blue-light safety phones are located throughout campus.


the Ibis Walking Trail

he official starting point for the Ibis Walking Trail is at the Herbert Wellness Center. However, since it is a circular route, you may start your tour at any point on the map.

The main loop of the trail (2.59 miles, 5180 steps, 259 calories burned) follows Dickinson Drive past the BankUnited Center, home of the ĎCaneís menís and womenís basketball programs. The BankUnited Center also hosts the annual commencement exercises, notable speakers, concerts, and family events. At the end of the block you will reach Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Continue to your right as the sidewalk path takes you past Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park, UMís field of dreams. Games are open to the public and tickets are available for a nominal fee. Itís a great way to spend a family afternoon.

At San Amaro Drive, just past the stadium, make a right and continue on what is also known as Hurricane Drive, named for UMís 1983 National Champion football team. You will pass several fraternity houses and University Village on your left. On your right, youíll see UM athletic facilities including Cobb Stadium and the Tom Kearns Sports Hall of Fame building. Next you will pass the Isadore Hecht Athletic Center, where you can purchase tickets to all Hurricanes sporting events. The Schiff Tennis Center and Yaron Intramural Field will also be on your right.

Continue on San Amaro until you reach Memorial Drive, then take a right. The School of Law and the Otto G. Richter Library will be on your right. The Richter Library houses the Cuban Heritage Collection, the largest private collection of Cuban historical documents and research materials outside of the island nation.

When you reach the fountain at McLamore Plaza, turn right onto the brick path between the library and the Ashe Building, then veer right to follow the trail across the University Green. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the outdoor tables and chairs in this beautiful green space. The next stop is Whitten University Center, the heart of student life and campus involvement. Inside you will find the Hurricane Food Court, the bookstore, a U.S. Post Office, a Ticketmaster outlet, The Oasis (a kosher deli), a dry cleaner, ATM machines, and a 24-hour convenience store with cold drinks, ice cream, and snacks.

You may choose to add the extra loop around Lake Osceola (add 1.18 miles, 2360 steps, 118 calories burned), where you can stop by the butterfly garden or visit the campus labyrinth. A centuries-old meditation path, the labyrinth is located in the Florida Keys Arboretum, which is filled with plants native to that area of the state. As you exit the University Center, continue along Stanford Drive, named for the University’s third president, Henry King Stanford. On your left is the Lowe Art Museum, the oldest private collecting museum in Miami-Dade County. The museum boasts a diverse collection that includes Renaissance, Baroque, African, Asian, Native American, Pre-Columbian, and contemporary art, as well as the Sheldon and Myrna Palley Pavillion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts.

Continue on the sidewalk to Ponce de Leon Boulevard and turn right to follow the main path. You may wish to turn left to add an additional loop to the trail around the open green space bordering Granada Boulevard (add .87 miles, 1740 steps, 87 calories burned). Follow Ponce de Leon Boulevard all the way back to Dickinson Drive and turn right. At the end of the street, you will come to a traffic circle. In front of you is the School of Architecture, which includes the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center. The sidewalk path takes you back to the Herbert Wellness Center, a hub of fitness and wellness activities for students, faculty, and staff. Many of its programs are open to the community.

While your tour of campus may be over, we hope you return many times to enjoy all that the University has to offer. For information or a printed copy of the Campus Walking Guide, contact the Office of Community Relations at 305-284-5500 or e-mail umneighbors@miami.edu.


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