Fitness, Friends and Family

Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics is more than just rec sports, intramural sports, spirit programs, working out and club sports. It is about building a family and making memories in each department and program. When participating in Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics in any program, individuals can feel more a part of the program and feel more like a family with their program and individuals in it. Many individuals who just work for Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics have made so many friends, memories, and moments that they will remember with people who mean a lot to them.

            Kate Mislivecek, the Group Fitness Student Manager and Instructor for Yoga, Core, Below the Belt, Cycling, Triple Threat, PiYo, and Anything Goes says in a video interview for group fitness that “coming to group fitness classes or programs is a super fun way to work out and meet new people to build relations and make awesome memories.” Kate has worked for Warhawk Fitness for 9 semesters and has met a ton of individuals who have become lifelong friends of hers and people she has built great connections with. Along with Kate, there are many other students and facility who consider their sport, workout team or coworkers more than individuals or friends, but as family.

            Many programs at UW-Whitewater that are not even a part of Warhawk Fitness consider their close contacts to be more like family. In an article called “Friends Are Like Family”, the author states “Just as literal families, friends who are like family can bring not only happiness but also the family we choose. They are there for us when we need them and not only like us but love us.” It is important to surround yourself with friends who are more like family in any program, living arrangement, organization or work because of the love, support and comfort they bring in both good and bad times.

            I am lucky enough to be a part of many programs and organizations such as Warhawk Fitness that brings me close friends that are more like family. It is important to feel closeness to both friends and family because it can help individuals have a better and healthier well-being and mental state. My best piece of advice is to join jobs, organizations or programs to meet people who love and support you because they see you as family!

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

Emma O’Connor

Fitting in Fitness

FINDING TIME FOR WELLNESS

I’m about to get fat.

I can feel it. I’ve only had a few runs this month, and I haven’t been to Group Fitness since the start of the year! I can feel my body getting used to the low daily step counts, and I’m still eating the same or more than I did in the summer.

One massive problem for sticking to a Wellness schedule has been the insane scheduling difficulties of the first month of school. You might be in the same situation: after week 1 & 2 you’ve figured out your classes and what times you need to do homework, and around week 3-4 you added a few clubs, student orgs or picked up a side job. However, don’t let your schedule be complete without some sort of fitness scheduled in.

Fitness is an important part of your daily lifestyle, and if you don’t get some sort of exercise each month, studies show that side effects like depression and lower endorphin rates. Make sure to put it into your daily or weekly planners, because it’s not the sort of thing that happens by itself.

            Exercise isn’t the only part of wellness that I want to focus on. Another part of wellness that may not get as much attention is mental health. As a demographic, college students are one of the hardest hit by depression. It’s real. We suffer. However, there are always things you can do to put yourself in a better place.

            Whether it’s making sure you have a day off scheduled during the week, or it means taking a 15 minute walk each day, mental health is a physical responsibility that you have to care for, like hunger or thirst. One technique I use is putting my phone down for a few minutes and just sitting in silence, taking time to think about the day’s ordeals. Another thing I had done is Yoga, but now that my semester schedule is different, I have to find a way to fit that in.

            Remember that Wellness is a journey. Please, do not expect results after the first few times. In fact, a benefit of scheduling exercise and mental fitness is that you force yourself to stay in a routine. It will be tough to stick too once the novelty wears off, but the results have been worth it for me. I would encourage anyone to try to pick up a Wellness routine, no matter the amount of time you commit. Your body will thank you.

I hope you reach your Wellness Goals

Ethan Maurice

State of Competition

The last kick of my high school soccer career was one of the lowest lows of my entire life. The game had gone poorly for my school. We were a top seed, playing a home game in the first round of the state tournament, but hadn’t looked like it. Field conditions were very poor, and we hadn’t scored all game. We played the required overtime, and as an unused substitute, I could do nothing but look on as the opposition kick in the final shootout goal to eliminate our team. It left a sour taste in my mouth.

Only about 6% of sports careers make it past high school, and at that moment, it looked like mine was going to be one of them.

As I graduated high school and moved on to college, I found fitness opportunities decreasing. It seems like we are always running around, living the busy lifestyle college students do. On top of that, the fitness opportunities that are readily available didn’t satisfy me. Sure, setting a personal record on the track or squatting a new max gives a good feeling, but for me there was nothing like technically dominating someone on a soccer field. I couldn’t find a similar feeling to flying down the sideline, as defenders tried desperately to kick any part of the ball or your leg.

When a friend asked me to be on an intramural team, I was skeptical at first. I thought Intramurals wasn’t very serious! People don’t show up all the time, and when they do, they don’t give their all. They might not even be in shape for intramurals!

However, when I showed up to my team’s first game, I was quickly proved wrong. Intramural the other team was also quite good, and soon players were flying around, hitting accurate passes and fair tackles. Not only did we not win, we didn’t even score! Turns out, intramurals were a bigger deal than I thought.

For some people, not having a competitive outlet can affect their lives in negative ways. I felt like I was short with people, not having an open mind. I also had less confidence. However, after intramurals helped me to have somewhere to put my competitive spirit, I found I was much more relaxed in other parts of my life. Why don’t you give them a try? Sign up here!

I Hope you reach your fitness goals!

Ethan Maurice

Intramural Fun!

Welcome back, Warhawks! Hope everyone had an amazing summer break and is getting back into the swing of things back at the dub. Starting and working on school, work, organizations and other activities can put a lot of stress on individuals. It is good to take some time for yourself and get relaxed anyway you can. There are so many different ways to get rid of stress and anxiety. One way is to take time for yourself, like hanging out with friends. Another way could be to get a nice workout in to forget about everything you have going on. If only there was a way to combine both of those…oh wait, there is! Recreation sports and facilities at the Williams Center offers a ton of sports and teams students can compete on such as: 3V3 Basketball, golf, fantasy football, flag football, indoor soccer, kickball, sand volleyball, softball, tennis, badminton, bag toss, basketball, futsal, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, college bowl pick and open rec all-star. Although some of these intramurals have already closed, there are still some already open and have a later entry depending on your level of interest. Below are the current sports available, when there entries are due and the cost:

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