We all know that a certain level of physical activity is an absolute must to a healthier life and improved overall well-being. Yes, it’ s expensive, exhausting and time consuming to work out but fortunately there are plenty of options on campus to help reduce the stress of the idea of working out.
A part of your student levy goes towards the campus Recreation Centre, which offers plenty of options to choose from including BAT, combat, Pilates, pump, spin, step, step basic, super circuit, Tabata, yoga, Zumba and even personal training (phew!).
If you like your choice of physical activity to be less stertorous and set in an informal workout environment there are plenty of options for that too. Meet with the Karate Club at Dovedale to practice, or join the Yoga Club to show off your skills on Ilam Fields, or even join the meditation crew on campus. There are plenty of martial arts, sports and leisure clubs on campus and a list of them can be found here.
If none of these sound appealing and if you’re after something that’s off campus and away from all the familiar faces, Jellie Park is a good option and we all know what it has to offer – a swimming pool!
So take your pick and get focused on getting healthy and staying there.
This term I’ve started a bootcamp at the UC RecCentre which is proving great fun and awesome for my fitness, but not so good for my sleep patterns. I’m not accustomed to being at the gym at 7am! This has led to me feeling a bit more tired in class than usual, (especially in the afternoons) and has caused me to develop into a regular coffee drinker. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that although coffee is great for a quick energy boost, it often causes me to crash later, once its magical powers have worn off! Because of this I’ve been thinking of other methods I can use to awaken myself when I’m dozing off in class. I thought I’d let you in on a few of my top tips….
Drink lots of cold water + feel like a zombie no more: By staying hydrated your body is able to send more oxygen to your brain, which causes you to feel more awake and alive! Aim to drink about eight glasses of water a day, on average. My trick is to carry my water bottle around with me wherever I go.
Make sure you get some fresh air: Between lectures clear your head outside if you’re able to. Walking around a little will also engage your muscles, and stretch them out, so you’ll feel less lethargic once you sit down again.
Eat energy: Don’t forget how important food is for fuelling your body, and your brain!
-First up, prepare yourself for the day with a filling breakfast! Skipping breakfast is one of the worst things you can do, as it will severely impact your concentration and memory retention. Make sure you eat something substantial that includes either some: dairy, protein, fruit or all three!
-Also if you can sneakily eat in your lecture then some good brain food includes: nuts, dried fruit, berries or a muesli bar.
Stimulate your body’s pressure points: This is a tip that I found really interesting. Try rubbing your earlobe between your thumb and index finger to encourage blood to flow to your ears, and to your head. Another good trick is to put the inside of your wrists against something cold, metal usually does the trick eg. a bar on your desk. This really does help to keep you awake!
Chew some gum: Minty fresh gum is sure to invigorate your senses! ‘Airwaves’ is a good pick as its flavour is strong enough to clear out your sinuses and refresh you. Small and repetitive movements like this do wonders for keeping you from falling asleep; tapping your foot is another good one!