Summer is a time of beaches and cottages, summer jobs and overtime. September however, is a return to the norm. Back to school, background class, and back to routine. Part of any healthy schedule should be some physical activity. Health Canada recommends that each person get at least 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise each week in increments of 10 minutes or more in order to help prevent Diabetes and heart disease, as well as decrease stress. There are lots of ways to get back into shape on campus.
Gym memberships can be expensive, but conveniently all Brock undergraduates can access the Walker complex fitness just by showing your Brock student ID card. There is no additional charge. Each full time student has already paid for use of the facilities through ancillary fees associated with their tuition. The Zone features a full array of fitness equipment from treadmills to stationary bikes, to weights and other machines. The Walker complex is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every weekday during the fall semester, 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The Zone can get crowded so make sure you allot some extra time for your workout if you’re going between classes.
Brock has everything you could possibly want in the way of fitness classes. From physical conditioning classes, to yoga, to pilates, to spin and swim, there is something for everyone and something happening almost every single day. If hip hop classes or Zumba are your thing, or even a high intensity bootcamp, you can find those too. Pick something that works for you and sign up. Watch the extra cost though: many fitness classes offered have an additional cost to them, plus whatever you might need to spend on your own equipment.
Starting this week, intramural sports kick off at Brock. Form a team with your friends or sign up on your own (you’ll be matched with other solo players) and join in on weekly games. They’re a good way to make new friends and get involved on campus while getting in a few hours of exercise. Intramural sports do have a registration fee which can be quite high for some sports like Hockey, but split between your whole team it’s a lot more manageable.
One of the cheapest ways to get some physical activity in between classes is going for a walk around campus. Brock has a large and beautiful campus with walking paths you can explore and with fall starting soon they’re going to be extra beautiful. You can get fit while getting a few instagram-worthy photos. Be careful though. Some paths lead to waterfalls or can get quite dark at night. Never go out alone and don’t forget to wear proper shoes. Bring your phone and a bottle of water just in case you get turned around.