We want to encourage the Virginia Tech community to continue the lunch time walking tradition with the Walking Loop Meet-ups. While these walking loops will not always be led by the Hokie Wellness team, we hope they can encourage everyone to meet up and get a little exercise in during their lunch breaks! During inclement weather, the group can meet in Cassell Coliseum – which will continue to be our inclement weather location. Those who wish to participate should plan on meeting at the designated location around noon. Check out the Virginia Tech Walking Trails Map for more information about the available loops.

The Virginia Tech community is invited to celebrate the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, which is held the first Wednesday in April. It is a day to challenge all Hokies to take a step to a healthier lifestyle.

Being physically active is important for maintaining overall health. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week for adults and 60 minutes per day for children and adolescents. Many individuals do not meet these standards, putting them at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, and other blood vessel diseases, but there is opportunity for change.

On National Walking Day, join millions of Americans as they pledge to live a healthier lifestyle and get physically active.

To take part in the celebration:

  • Join Hokie Wellness on a 30-minute walk around campus on National Walking Day. Meet at the front steps of Burruss Hall at 12:15 p.m. and bring a friend!
  • Show your support and wear sneakers on National Walking Day.
  • Start a habit of walking daily at school, work, or home.
  • Visit StartWalkingNow.org and use the American Heart Association’s free tips, tools, and trackers to stay motivated.

Recreational Sports

Whether you are a novice, intermediate, or advanced exerciser, Recreational Sports has something for you. The department offers two recreational facilities, outdoor sport fields and tennis courts, intramural sports, group exercise classes, personal training, fitness assessments, sport clubs, and a variety of special events. Swim and gymnastics lessons are also available for children of all ages.

War Memorial Hall is currently free to employees.

McComas Hall is open to employees who purchase a McComas Hall membership online. 

Not sure if a McComas Hall membership is for you?

Interested employees may schedule a tour of the recreational facility and receive a free seven day trial membership. Please contact the Department of Recreational Sports at recsports@vt.edu.


BreakZONE is Virginia Tech’s home of billiards, bowling, and table tennis. BreakZONE’s relaxing environment offers a way to spend some time with friends or family.

They provide various tournaments and contests to compete and win prizes and also have special nights for cosmic and moonlight bowling at affordable prices.

BreakZONE hosts events, so check out their great reservation deals. From Virginia Tech students and faculty to guests and alumni, anyone is welcome to come.

Venture Out

Venture Out provides fun, safe, and educational outdoor services to the students, employees and the community of Blacksburg. They specialize in exciting outdoor adventures, quality rental gear at unbeatable rates, and valuable resources to help plan the perfect adventure.

Venture Out offers extensive outdoor resources on local, regional, and national recreation opportunities. They have a variety of brochures and books on hiking, backpacking, and camping in the New River Valley including information on all of the Virginia State Parks and National Forest. Venture Out's knowledgeable staff provides personal advice to help with your next adventure.

MAYO Clinic offers a series of videos that illustrate ways to exercise and stretch at your desk.

Video: Forearm stretches for the office

Working on a computer all day can cause soreness in your forearms, wrists and hands. To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try simple forearm stretches and wrist stretches throughout the day.

Video: Neck stretches for the office

Standing for long periods of time or sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your neck. To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try simple neck stretches throughout the day.

Video: Seated stretches for the office

Standing or sitting for long periods of time can cause soreness in areas of the upper body. To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try these simple stretches.

Video: Standing stretches for the office

Standing or sitting for long periods of time can cause soreness in areas of the upper body. To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try these simple stretches.