“Work-life balance” implies making two separate things, work (or school) and life, equal. But work and school are part of life, which is why we encourage our employees and members to adopt a work-life blend. If the average employed adult spends about nine hours each workday on work-related activities, then that leaves less than 45% of his or her waking hours for “life”-related activities. Not only does that become nearly impossible to balance (because #math), but it also implies that we need to look for more ways to bring life, fulfillment, and wellbeing into our work or school experience.
For that reason, part of our mission is to enhance the Wisconsin experience by providing excellent programs, services, and facilities for all members of the campus community, but particularly for those who live and work here.
Just as your work/school experience and life are blended together, so are the rewards of playing hard and getting fit.
Play Hard and Get Fit to Live Well
In a society that compels us to overschedule ourselves and multi-task nearly everything we do, it is easy to lose sight of why it’s important to make time for physical activity. Sure, regular exercise can make you a faster runner, a stronger weightlifter, or a better tank top wearer, but there are several rewards that are more immediate, more real, and more measurable. Exercise gives us more energy, less anxiety and stress, and better sleep. These results can be felt after just a few workouts.
Keep Calm and Get Your Sweat On
Okay, fine. Sweating in a room with other sweaty strangers while you’re breathing hard and worrying about your big paper or work presentation doesn’t particularly sound all that relaxing. But physical activity does increase the production of endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals in your brain. As your body starts to feel better, so does your brain, resulting in an improved ability to relax and sleep. This combination of increased endorphins, better sleep, and less stress can also lead to a better mood. So put those grumpy pants away for another day.
When it comes to coping with stress and depression, one of the top recommendations by health care professionals is physical activity. So even if our Cardio Court isn’t the spot for you, taking a 15-minute walk around campus during your lunch break can start to produce some of the same anti-anxiety effects. The runner’s high isn’t just for runners any more.
GET SWEATY, GET SMARTER
We get it. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a reputation to protect as one of the leading public research institutions in the world. And with this comes a certain expectation to do great work, to earn top grades, to land a successful job, and to represent the university well. No pressure.
We at Rec Sports couldn’t be prouder to be part of such an outstanding academic organization. Lucky for you, exercise can lead to better memory and quicker learning. That’s all the more reason to set your alarm clock for a quick workout, group fitness class, or swim before class or work. Our facilities now have expanded hours so you can work out at a time that works for you.
If you’re looking for a sign that now is the time to add physical activity into your routine, this is it.
Exercise Looks Good On You
Literally. Our personal trainers are experts in helping people reach their fitness goals, and our instructional programs are a great way to learn a new way to stay active. When you feel good about the person staring back at you in the mirror, you have more confidence, higher self-esteem, and a better attitude. It doesn’t matter your size or shape, no one looks better than someone who loves who they are.
On top of all that, regular physical activity can delay and even prevent some of the effects of aging, such as arthritis symptoms, changes in your skin, lower-back pain, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and chronic pain. These healthy habits also help promote the growth of new blood vessels, brain cells, and a regenerative protein in the brain. We want you to be able to cheer on the Badgers and Jump Around for as long as possible.
Everyone Needs a Sweat Squad
Friends who work out together stay together. Isn’t that how the saying goes? Whether you’re part of a sport club or intramural sports team, you attend the same group fitness class every week, or you share a lane with the same swimmers after work, you are surrounded by a community that shares your interest in playing hard and getting fit. Take advantage of these relationships to hold yourself accountable, to have more fun, and to live longer (science says so).
While we aren’t experts in all aspects of your wellbeing, we strive to work closely with other campus partners and national organizations to provide you with the best programs, services, and facilities. Below are some of the organizations we work with and belong to: