What is Wellness and Why Should I Care?

Wellness. What in the world is that? Wellness is a very vague word that can have multiple, broad meanings. Wellness could mean losing weight to one person, having some quiet time at the end of the day to someone else, and to another it could mean making sure to turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

If you’re still confused, the University Wellness Program can help by breaking it down with the seven dimensions they use to define Wellness here at Georgia Southern.

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The goal of the University Wellness Program is to cultivate a balance of all seven dimensions in order to help students have the best college experience possible while helping them to be well rounded and successful.

For example, you don’t want to spend too much time socializing and neglect your classes and schoolwork, because your primary reason for being here is for academics. However, on the flip-slide of that, you also don’t want to spend all of your time studying and miss out on meeting new people, getting involved on campus, and making connections that could help you in the future.

In order to help students become more well, the University Wellness Program hosts various events each semester that target one or more of the seven dimensions. Keep an eye out for Be the Change Week at the end of October as well as Put Wellness in your Wednesday, which takes place once a month.

For more Wellness info, visit the Wellness Blog and the Student Health 101 Magazine

CRI has got you covered!

Welcome back Georgia Southern!

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful summer and is looking forward to this brand new semester!

What better way to start off this new semester then to get involved and try something new? Now, the start of a semester is always shaky with trying to get things organized, and you may be hesitant about what it is you want to do with your free time. But never fear, CRI has got you covered. Whether it is aquatics, club or intramural sports, general fitness, weekend adventures, rock climbing, or one of our specialized events, just turn to the CRI website to fulfill any desire or interest you might have.

Aquatics

Interested in aquatics but don’t know how to swim or are looking to get better? No worries, swim lessons and swim clinics are offered.

Just want to have fun in/near the water? Check out Eagle Luau on Sept. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. or the Dive-In Movie on Sept. 12 at 8:30 p.m. Try swimming along with the football team by participating in Swim the Sun Belt, which starts now!

Club and Intramural Sports

Sporting events always bring people together while offering the opportunity to make plenty of friends and memories! So whether you are a hardcore athlete or just wanting to have some fun there are teams to join.

Intramural sports are beginning now so form a team with a group of friends, students in your Resident Hall, or sign up as a free agent. All registration is done online! Keep an eye out for Kickball, Fall Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Dodgeball, Flag Football, and even Cornhole will be open.

Check out the Club Sports Fair on Monday, August 25 at 6 p.m. in the RAC if you are interested in getting involved. There will be over 30 club sports teams there for you to meet and join.

Fitness

Not interested in anything specific but just want to become fit? Well check out one of the Group Fitness classes, there are multiple offerings of the same class so that you can find the one that best fits your busy schedule.

If you are looking for a more non-traditional program, check out Madness in the Meadow held outside, providing a change from the typical workouts. That starts on August 25 at 5:30 and is every Monday and Thursday. If you are a lady and want to improve your strength and learn about proper weightlifting techniques, attend Women and Weights on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 starting on August 27. Both programs are first come first serve so come early!

Southern Adventures

Looking to go on some adventures? Rent awesome gear from our Rental Center and take advantage of our knowledgeable staff to help you plan your trips! Like to rock climb? Then check out the 45 foot rock wall in the RAC, hours can be found here. Or go to one of the Bouldering Night Out events, with the first one being on August 28 at 7 p.m.

If you are interested in just learning new skills, then look into some of Southern Adventures skill clinics with the first Belay Clinic beginning on August 21 at 7 p.m.

#RACLife

And don’t forget, throughout all of your new experiences, post photos, tweet us and do status updates to show how you #RACLife.

Speaking of #RACLife, compete in some of the CRI contests to win a free #RACLife t-shirt. Just follow us @GSUCampusRec on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so you can know all the details!

On behalf of CRI, I wish you all the best of luck this year and I am looking forward to seeing some new and familiar faces at the RAC and at our other events.

Summer at the RAC!

If you’re sticking around for summer, the RAC is where it’s at!

Summer Facility Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6 am – 10 pm
Friday: 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

Here are some things to take advantage of during your summer at Georgia Southern:

  • Smaller crowds in the Fitness Center
  • Summer Intramural Sports- including basketball, softball and sand volleyball
  • Gear rental from the Southern Adventures Center
  • The Tri-Eagle Challenge 
  • The fabulous outdoor pool
  • Group Fitness classes Monday – Thursday

We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces at the RAC!

 

April Club Sport of the Month

Congratulations to Baseball for being named the Club Sport of the Month for the month of April! I had the privilege of speaking with the club vice president and head coach, Matt Cowart, to find out some great information about the club. 

1. What is a tradition your team has?

The biggest tradition our team has is to allow our players to play at least one series in Clements Stadium per season. Most of our players had scholarship opportunities coming out of high school but chose to turn them down to pursue academics here at Georgia Southern. Being able to play in Clements Stadium lets the players get a small taste of college baseball.

2. Why do you like playing Club sports at Georgia Southern?

Playing club sports is the most enjoyable experience for me while at Georgia Southern. Having played baseball since I was five years old, club baseball gave me the opportunity to continue playing the game that was so hard to walk away from at the end of high school. In addition, club sports provide the opportunity to relax your mind and stop thinking about schoolwork for a few hours a week. I believe that club sports provide a great outlet for the participants that will overall lead to well-rounded students.

3. How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

Our team practices twice a week, generally on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Typical practices last about two hours. Each practice begins the same with light running, stretching, warming up, and then a round of infield/outfield. After that, we work on the areas that we struggled with the most during the previous weekend’s games.

4. What is it like to travel and play different schools?

Travelling to play at different schools is always fun for the guys on the team. They get to see a different city and spend more time with their teammates than they do while here at Georgia Southern. This leads to greater bonds between the players, which benefits the team both on and off the field.

5. What is your best memory while playing in tournaments?

My best memory while playing with the club baseball team is this entire current season. With this being a season for rebuilding, it was hard to stay optimistic while approaching the beginning of the season. But as the season has progressed, our team has come together and shown steady improvement each series. It has been a joy to see the way this year’s team, including the returning players, have had a completely optimistic attitude from day one this season.

6. What if someone is interested in playing baseball? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

If anyone is interested in playing club baseball they can find our team information on the CRI website and contact Ben Smith or myself, our contact info is on the website. We hold tryouts during the fall and this information will be posted on the website closer to the upcoming fall semester.

 

 

Earth Day 2014

Hello Eagles!

Some of you may not have known but today is Earth Day! Earth Day has been celebrated since the 1970s. This day is used to bring awareness to the turmoil and negative impact some actions can have on the planet. Being educated about global warming/change and the benefits of saving energy can help make a positive impact on the environment. To date, 192 countries, 10,000 schools and about 2,000 universities participate in Earth Day events.

There are two events students can participate in on Earth Day here at Georgia Southern: Ride Your Bike To Work Day and the Campus Farmer’s Market.

Do something today that will benefit our world, and go green!

Here are some suggestions:

  • Unplug electronics that are not in use
  • Plant flowers
  • Start recycling
  • Build a birdhouse

These are just a few suggestions to get you started! Visit wikihow.com and rustletheleaf.com for other alternatives.

What are you doing for Earth Day? Comment below with your plans!

#NICEnomination

Last week, Georgia Southern University’s Campus Recreation and Intramurals was challenged by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to produce a Nice Nomination video.

The Nice Nomination stemmed from the “Nek Nomination” which is a really dangerous drinking game that has taken social media by storm. The Nice Nomination was created to counter this risky Internet craze by filming people doing nice deeds and random acts of kindness then paying it forward by nominating others to do the same.

CRI took on this challenge last week at the RAC. Check out this video to see what we did for the #NiceNomination and who we nominated next!

CRI Open Golf Tournament

Have you been utilizing the golf course for a while, and finally feel it’s time to show off your skills? Do you have a friend who would love to do the same? If so, you and your partner should register for the CRI Open Golf tournament on Friday, April 11 at 1p.m. Online registration for the tournament will close TODAY at 8 p.m.DSC_0180-L

Participants must check in at the course by 12:30 p.m. and provide his/her own set of clubs. The tournament will be a two-person scramble and Shotgun will start promptly at 1 p.m. There will be door prizes, contests for the Longest Drive, Longest Putt, and Closest to Pin. Winners of these contests will receive gift certificates. In addition, each player will receive a gift bag. The entry fee for the tournament is $35 per player, which includes green fees for 18 holes, cart, buffet meal and prizes.

DSC_0128-LFor more event updates on the CRI Open Golf Tournament follow the Golf Course on Twitter and like them on Facebook! Also, visit their website for information on the event.

How will you get golf ready? Comment below!