We end the week with a blog post from Achint. This quarter, Achint decided to explore the various opportunities and resources available on the UC San Diego campus, as well as in the San Diego area!
Coming into my third year of college, I’ve noticed that I haven’t particularly taken advantage of all the opportunities school has to offer. In an attempt to find new ways to stay active during the quarter, I stumbled across recreation classes at UC San Diego. After going through a rather extensive list, I decided to enroll in the free class offered during Winter Quarter with a friend (partially to save money and partially to get a feel for the classes there). That being said, the class I chose is the Student Personal Wellness class, which is offered free for students to take at any time during their college career.
While I have only attended one class so far (selected from a variety of time frames they offer), I was incredibly impressed with how the program works. They have you take a pre-assessment of your general fitness and health level before the class starts. This measures things like your blood pressure, flexibility, body fat and strength. You speak to someone about your results and they provide feedback showing you on average how your numbers look based on statistics. They are able to point our sections of improvement, as well as areas in which you are more successful. As someone who is still stumbling through the initial stages of her health and fitness journey, it gave me a pretty solid understanding of where I am currently at. Unfortunately, I found out that my push-ups still need a substantial amount of work.
Moving onto the class, it is relatively small (around 7 – 8 students) with an instructor who is qualified and knowledgeable about both health and fitness. After introductions were made, the instructor gave us a feel for the class. We will be learning a new component of health and fitness each week, which we ultimately want to work to incorporate into our lives. The first week was a general circuit training where we worked with weight machines. While I definitely needed assistance in learning how to workout with weight machines, I genuinely appreciated the introductory part of the course even more. The instructor emphasized that health was beyond just nutrition and being active. It was about general mental well-being and feeling good from the inside out. He also emphasized finding something you personally enjoyed as your form of fitness. You don’t have to do weights if you don’t enjoy it, and that was completely okay. Additionally, we were given a journal to log our nutrition and notes of how the week went, as well as an assignment to do two circuits of our own choice sometime during the week. He also provided outside resources for those of us that wanted more assistance with health and fitness.
While it’s too early to whole-heartedly recommend the program, I do think it is a great opportunity to check out moving forward. If this isn’t something that is of interest to you, I still encourage you to look at other opportunities that the campus has to offer. You may stumble into new passions and activities that you never knew about before.