Social Fitness: Keeping Active in University

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Need to keep active but can’t find a balance in life to fit exercise in? Why not combine your social activities with fitness? Find out more here.

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The best way to stay active in university is to build your own network of enthusiastic people. Whether you want to run, lift weights, try out calisthenics or play sport, you can meet your own fitness requirements while having the most fun by getting in contact with people who want the same thing you do.

This is your opportunity to get creative with how you keep fit and active. Here are some events and facilities that you can use to get fit while studying.

  • Organise your own events

If you are studying at a university,university of technology or college, you probably have sporting and exercise facilities available to you. You can make great use of these by making open Facebook and Whatsapp groups to get people together and organise events.

A friend and I started a basketball Whatsapp group in our final year. We were tired of just playing against each other and wanted to incorporate people who would want to join us. This group soon grew to more than 30 people. Most of them were added by friends who we hadn’t met before, and we soon had more games and sessions going on every week than we could attend.

You can form similar communities based on how you like to exercise and what is available to you at your institution. This could be running and football, or if you have access to public or university grounds: basketball, tennis or the gym. Use Facebook and Whatsapp groups to get your own events off the ground. A network of people interested in the same thing often does most of the work itself, trust me.

  • Park Runs

eta College

If your interest in fitness and fitness events is more than recreational, check out eta College. This private higher education and training college specialises in qualifications that lead to employment in the sport and fitness industries.

All eta fitness qualifications are recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa (REPSSA). Graduates can find work anywhere the register operates, including Europe, UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA and South Africa.

  • Short courses

If you are interested in leading group exercises in gyms, etas short courses can help you get certified to instruct classes in indoor cycling, aerobics, pilates and mat-work.

  • Fitness studies

If you’re thinking bigger than running group classes, eta also offers specialised courses. These courses offer you the opportunity to practice as a trainer specialising in combat, suspension, kettlebells, Olympic lifts and more. eta also offers longer certificate courses that will equip you to begin work as a personal trainer, pilates instructor or yoga teacher.

Advanced certificates enable graduates to work as fitness instructors and sports conditioners, as well as allow them to design, manage and monitor specialised exercise programmes.

  • Sports management

For those whose interest in sport intersects with management, eta offers sports management services that offer students the skills to manage athletes and sports teams. These courses teach entrepreneurship, marketing, public relations, finance, communication and ethics. Getting qualified in sport management opens doors that can lead you to starting your own business, as well as managing major clients in the world of sports and fitness.

  • eta Online

eta began offering online courses in 2014. It received a very positive response. Working with a tutor, eta Online offers diplomas and certificates in fitness, coaching and management studies, as well as a range of short courses aimed at getting students equipped as group class instructors.

Have a look at eta’s website. It is beautifully designed and they have gone to great lengths to organise their information in a way to help readers find their ideal course.

Being a student requires you to perform well and consistently for long periods. Keeping active, even if it is practicing simple yoga or going for regular walks, is a fantastic way to keep maintain a healthy mind throughout what can be a highly stressful and trying time.

Take care of yourself, in all the ways that you can.

EduConnect 2Cents

Many people dread the thought of exercise. Some people thrive off of it while others avoid it all costs. If you fall into the category of dreading exercise, joining up with friends is a great way to motivate and distract you. I have found that classes and exercise sessions go a lot quicker when there is a friend by your side, laughing and struggling with you as the session goes on.

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