Whipped into Shape – Exercising at Uni
It is no lie that it can be very tempting to become quite sedentary at university. In my first year for example, I replaced the regular team sports that I played with “socialising” with my friends and doing very little formal exercise. Obviously, this won’t be the case for everyone, but it is more common than you think. With that in mind, I am going to give you my favourite ways of fitting exercise into my ever-increasingly busy university routine without committing to a sports side:
One of my favourites, especially in the summer months. The cycling distance between University and Leamington is more or less 10 miles which is easily cyclable by most people – trust me it isn’t that tough. What’s more is that it will take most people around 45-60 mins which, at rush hour, is more or less what the journey takes on the bus. Why not make the journey a little less horrible and use it to get some exercise?
Until last year I think I had played squash about twice in my life but now I’m a big advocate. The game itself is very easy to pick up and is great for condensing exercise into an enjoyable 45-60 minute slot. The sports centre has 6 courts that are bookable throughout the day (free if you have a sports membership) as well as racket/ball hire should you need it! You don’t even need to be good to feel the benefit.
The on-campus pool is another great facility of which to take advantage when you’re here. At most times during the day there are a few lanes open for free/lane-swimming which is ideal for squeezing in a quick few lengths in between lectures. On many occasions I have managed to get a session in during a one-hour gap between seminars.
Possibly my favourite of all of these options. Every summer the sports centre runs a series of ‘just-for-fun’ leagues, including rounders. Various teams compete including (but not limited to) many sports societies such as trampolining, squash and table-tennis. The leagues are a great way to cut loose a little during exam season while also getting yourself moving. Also, I don’t want to brag but we were last year’s champions.
These are just four, simple options for getting those 45 minutes of exercise in on a daily basis but obviously there are way more possibilities! The sports centre runs tons free events and initiatives throughout the year so take a look at their website (https://warwick.ac.uk/services/sport/).