UWell, a new wellness campaign kicked off today. Where is your favorite spot to work out, blow off steam or think without interruption? Share your thoughts. Best ideas will be featured in a future edition.
I stay healthy “on campus” by biking “off campus”. I commute by bike from Sun Prairie each day when the temperature is above freezing. Although riding in the East Washington bike lane requires that I be mindful of threats from traffic, I actually find it helpful to workout while focusing solely on something completely different than work stresses. Biking keeps me physically and mentally fit.
Favorite spot to work out (and think without interruption) is getting to and from work, but blow off steam at home in my kitchen while cooking or cleaning (culinary therapy).
After a long day at work, one of my favorite ways to get outside, get some exercise, and sort my thoughts is to pack my daughter (who is almost 2) into her jogging stroller, put the leash on the dog, lace up my jogging shoes and go! Not only do I get to spend quality time with my daughter and dog, but we all get some much needed fresh air! It’s wonderful!!!
At the Shell – playing hockey with my club team!
I used to love the sand volleyball courts next to the Nat. My friends and I would play there every Summer. SadlyOrginally, there were six beautiful courts there. A few years ago they reduced them to four. Now they are all gone. Sadly, they were removed to make room for the new dorm. Now students and staff don’t have any good sand volleyball courts on campus.
For focused thinking, nothing beats sitting on the Memorial Union terrace on a beautiful morning, when it’s quiet.
And commuting by bicycle has been the best thing I’ve ever done for physical and mental health. In fact, we no longer own a car because bike and bus options (plus Community Car) are so good in Madison. Getting rid of the car has definitely improved the quality of my life…I spend nothing on gas or parking, don’t stress about repairs/upkeep, and I’m in the best shape of my life because I ride my bike 60+ miles a week.
I find it ironic that the campus is initiating a new “wellness program” after cancelling the Physical Education Elect program – in which hundreds of students each semester were able to learn proficiency in new sports, many of which they often incorporated into a lifetime wellness effort – putting some 20 faculty members out of work in the process. Are a couple of new Zumba classes going to replace an established program that offered fitness opportunities to the entire student body? Shame on you, UW.
Brian, April 12, 2012 at 9:08 am, there are now sand volleyball courts across from the Animal Sciences Building on Observatory.
Jogging around the track at the SHELL or exploring various nearby trails amidst some excellent company and occasionally enlightening conversation. You too can show up at 11:30 almost any workday and join us. Just don’t expect us to run very fast.
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