Keeping a Balance: Academic but Active
With term two already flying by, many students are constantly busy with all the society events, essays and group projects as well as endless readings for modules and seminar work. How is it possible to still maintain a healthy active lifestyle when many are stuck in the learning grid or library working endless hours and living off of frozen food and instant noodles? Thankfully, The University of Warwick provides students with an opportunity to still be on top of all their studies but also stay active and involved with various mediums of exercise. Whether this be the numerous sports clubs and societies, or just burning a few calories at the well equipped gym in the sports centre; Warwick students are able to immerse themselves in the various activities that ensure they can find a balance between work and exercise.
Personally, as a fresher throughout these past two terms I have found myself being able to better designate appropriate areas my daily schedule and make time to make use of my gym membership, when I have completed my assignments and readings for the upcoming week. The lifestyle gym is open on weekdays from 7am to 9:30pm and weekends from 8:15am to 7:30pm. Equipment in the gym ranges from various weight machines, treadmills, and even standard yoga mats and kettle bells. Students who are in possession of a Warwick Sport membership also are able to book slots for classes and can pick from an array of activities such as yoga, boxing, Muay Thai, Zumba and indoor cycling to name a few. In addition to this, the badminton courts, as I have recently discovered are open for use every Friday from 6-8pm. All you need to do is enter the main hall of the sports centre, sign your name in the register, grab a racket and take to the court.
This term I have also been able to once again rekindle my passion for figure skating, which I have now once again started to pursue with the help of fellow figure skaters, as we are attempting to have a figure skating society officially approved by the Student Union for the next school year. As for now, after setting up a Facebook page and gathering signatures to present for the constitution, we have been organising trips to Planet Ice rink in Coventry which is located right next to Ikea. Figure skating not only is a good form of cardio, but it also can help improve flexibility and agility, so if ever you are interested, make sure to keep a look out for any of the organised group events on the Warwick figure skating Facebook page.