One of the most pop­ular spots on col­lege cam­puses in Jan­uary is, unsur­pris­ingly, the gym, as stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff look to ful­fill their pledges to kickoff the new year by get­ting healthy.

North­eastern is no excep­tion, as the Marino Center and Badger and Rosen Center see the biggest crowds of the year in Jan­uary and Sep­tember, according to Pamela Wetherbee-​​Metcalf, senior asso­ciate ath­letic director for campus recre­ation and club sports. The first Monday of the spring semester is typ­i­cally the busiest day, she added.

New Year’s res­o­lu­tions make Jan­uary busy every­where you would exer­cise, whether you are in col­lege or a member of a health club,” Wetherbee-​​Metcalf said. “On a busy day, the number of entries into Marino is about 3,900. And that number goes below 3,000 at the end of the first weeks.”

So if you are looking to get in a workout, here are some tips from Wetherbee-​​Metcalf on how to avoid the large crowds:

•    She sug­gests working out a min­imum of three days a week, and trying to do more if you can. If you’re looking to avoid the busiest days, a good schedule would be Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

•    The most pop­ular times of the day to workout are during lunchtime and later in the day after work. Off-​​peak hours are from 8 to 11 a.m., and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Of course, with Marino open 140 hours a week and Badger and Rosen open 110 hours a week, there is plenty of time during the day and night to get in a workout.

And lifting weights isn’t the only way to get in shape. Northeastern’s robust selec­tion of intra­mural sports, club sports, and group fit­ness classes are also great options for staying active.

The dif­ferent facets of campus recre­ation serve dif­ferent audi­ences in dif­ferent ways,” Wetherbee-​​Metcalf said. “Fit­ness is a huge pro­gram here but it is not just using the machines, it is also using the per­sonal trainers and classes, and the aquatics pro­grams we offer.”

About 5,000 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in intra­mu­rals at North­eastern each year, and many of them play more than one. The uni­ver­sity has about 1,200 teams com­peting in 26 dif­ferent sports and tournaments.

Reg­is­tra­tion for spring intra­mu­rals opens at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, and closes on Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. Offer­ings this semester include extreme dodge­ball, flag foot­ball, and kan jam.

More than 1,500 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in club sports, and in fall 2015 North­eastern added its 50th sport: taekwondo.

The best rec­om­men­da­tion for anyone who wants to main­tain a level of phys­ical activity that will ben­efit their overall health in the new year is to keep it simple and show up,” said Wetherbee-​​Metcalf.