Take me back to college!

Campus Rec Magazine launched this past September and since then I have spoken with dozens of schools about their recreation facilities and programming. I have been blown away by the unique options available to students these days. From fun group exercise classes like Beyonce Circuit Cycle at The Ohio State University to outdoor adventure trips at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, there is no shortage of entertaining options to choose from.

Just a few weeks ago, I even had the opportunity to visit the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center. I feel like the word recreation center doesn’t even begin to do justice to the facility. It is more like a stadium.

I won’t give away too many details about the visit since I don’t want to spoil the future cover story, but to say it is amazing is an understatement. If working on this publication for the past few months has taught me anything, it is that I need to go back to college.

While marveling at these facilities and programs is enjoyable, it is also great to see all of the opportunities out there for students to engage in healthy behaviors. Numerous studies revealed a strong correlation between participation in recreation programs to academic success.

As someone who is very active myself, I can attest to the various benefits of staying active. Improved physical health, ability to concentrate, reduced stress and elevated mood are just a few of the positive side effects.

With the stress of classes and social obligations, providing healthy outlets for students is essential to their success. I look forward to hearing more stories from campus recreation departments across the country.

Have a fun, unique program at your university recreation center? Do not hesitate to reach out.

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Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

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