Wellness program helps to balance work, school, family

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Fitness and sport opportunities abound on campus.

By M.J. Callahan


Staying healthy while balancing school, work and family is difficult.

The college wellness coordinator recommends exercise to relieve stress and maintain good health.

“Get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day,” Chris Dillon, kinesiology adjunct, said Sept. 17.

“Moderate intensity exercise can be anything from circuit training, to walking, swimming, cycling. We just want the student moving. The research shows that the more a student is active in their life the better they will do in the classroom.”

Dillon found success when he was in college through balancing. He suggested students rank daily priorities and take care of them one by one.

After completing everything each day, exercise might be the last thing on a student’s mind.

“You’re always going to have those days,” Dillon said, suggesting students work out anyway for the satisfaction of achieving a goal. “Your best workout is when you are tired.”

Candler Physical Education Center offers open gym time 2:15 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The conditioning room is available 2 p.m-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Open pool time has not been posted.

In Flex 2, students can still enroll in kinesiology courses such as KINE 1126, Racquetball 1; KINE 1154, Swimming 1; KINE 1184, Weight Training 1; or KINE 1338, Concepts of Fitness and Wellness. Classes start Oct. 21.

Students can join the college team, the San Antonio College Walkers, at 8 a.m. Oct. 26 for the American Heart Association Heart Walk 5K at Nelson Wolff Stadium.

Donations are welcome. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

For more information, email Dillon at cdillon@alamo.edu.

Last month, the Kinesiology Club and the office of student life raised about $100 and signed up more than 60 students for their team, Dillon said.

The Kinesiology Club’s sixth annual SAC Boot Camp, a 5- and 10-mile run, is 8 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Leon Creek Trailhead. Proceeds go to benefit students.

Participants can sign up on active.com. Entry fees include a dry fit T-shirt to keep and a bib to use to check time as participants pass checkpoints.

The community fee is $40 for the 10-mile and $30 for the 5-mile. Alamo Colleges and military fees are $30 for the 10-mile and $25 for the 5-mile.

Sarah Goff, a member of this college’s women’s soccer team and English sophomore, said, “I don’t feel motivated if I don’t exercise. Some days I opt to ride my bike versus driving to school.”

She rides 5.5 miles to school, estimating around 11 miles round trip. “I try cycling Monday, Wednesday and Tuesday morning.”

She joined the soccer team her first semester, practicing three times a week with games on Sunday, which keeps her active.

“It’s nice to have a team to work out with,” Goff said. Goff started playing soccer when she was 11.

She believes exercising not only helps the body but the brain. Goff, knowing her workout commitments, scheduled her classes in consideration of her commitments.

Goff took an aquatic conditioning class to get her ready for her first triathlon during the summer hoping to build up to an Olympic distance soon.

Goff said it is ideal to take a fitness class or join a sports club on campus.

Liberal arts sophomore Harley Williams, president of the Psychology Club, exercises as a member of the Asian Pop Culture and Dance Society, which meets at 2 p.m. Fridays in the dance studio of Candler.

She also finds relaxation important.

“I set time aside at least once a week just to relax,” she said.

Scheduling helps keep stress levels down and helps her avoid getting overwhelmed, she said. “No all nighters.”

Liberal arts sophomore Shannon Hladik finds exercise difficult to squeeze into her schedule.

“It’s a challenge,” she said. “I work full time, go to school full time and get sleep when I can. The best thing I do is limit caffeine.”

“I want to be healthy so I do what I can. I don’t focus on the stress of everything and get what I can get done done.”

Working as a shift leader at the Dollar General store, Hladik said she is constantly on her feet lifting boxes and stocking shelves as trucks deliver merchandise.

Opportunities for working out on campus for students include the fitness center in Loftin Student Center.

It is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday.

Dillon suggests students find opportunities for exercise in the area at a website, active.com.

Active.com lists many of the local events and some sponsored by this college.

Fitness and sport opportunities abound on campus.


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