»Fitness Challenge Components

The Chapman Fitness Challenge was developed as a motivator for Chapman community members to become healthy individuals while and develop habits that will help them stay healthy throughout their lives. The following components are the areas that will be focused on for success. These also relate to the Four Pillars of Chapman by embodying the Physical Pillar, and helping students become a more complete person. Please review to get an understanding of the different elements involved in the Challenge.

+-Health/Wellness

fruit bowlEvery student wants a positive college experience. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t! But college isn’t just about grades and academics- it’s also about finding out how to live a vibrant, balanced lifestyle. When students are motivated to actively pursue healthy living, they are more likely to reach their fullest potential in all other areas of their lives as well.

But what does healthy living look like? Wellness, or healthy living, encompasses many different pieces of your life: emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, environmental, social, and spiritual. Throughout the course of the Chapman Fitness Challenge, students will be able to understand in depth the various aspects of wellness, and in turn, be able to create healthy environments for themselves and others.

Your health is a mixture of your physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being, and it needs to be developed just like any other area of your life. A student who is developing his/her own wellness leads more effectively because he/she understands what a healthy environment looks and feels like and can contribute positively to those around them.

Health/Wellness Opportunities include:

  • Nutrition seminars
  • Interfaith Center Mindfulness
  • Student Organization Meetings associated with health & wellness
  • Stress Reduction Sessions
  • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Training
  • Meditation Sessions

+-Fitness/Recreation

swimmerDid you know that exercise melts away stress, boosts brainpower, and lets you eat more?! That’s enough to encourage anybody to start exercising! Research has shown that exercise increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity and productiveness in daily tasks. Exercise also produces a relaxation response that can be a positive distraction from your everyday stressors. And of course, muscle burns more calories than fat, and your muscles actually continue to burn calories while you’re resting! So eating a cookie here and there for a regular exerciser doesn’t set them back because their metabolism is more efficient.

All of this data is convincing enough to motivate Chapman students to start a more active lifestyle. The Chapman Fitness Challenge is bringing together many diverse fitness and recreation programs to inspire students to become more active. There are many ways to bring about the positive side effects of exercise, so find what works for you and go for it!

Fitness/Recreation Opportunities include:

  • Student Union Group Fitness Sessions
  • Doti-Struppa Rockwall Climbs
  • Off-campus UPB Explore SoCal recreation trips
  • Running clubs
  • Hiking Excursions
  • Personal Fitness Center workouts
  • Fitness Classes for academic credit
  • Intramural teams
  • Club Sports
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • And much more!

+-Personal Challenge

runnersYour individualized year-long challenge based on your personal goal.

Here are some ideas for starting to form your personal goal:

  • Living at a healthy weight
  • Consistent meditation
  • Hiking to the summit of a mountain
  • Participating in a race
  • Consistent gym workouts
  • Being knowledgeable about nutrition and food choices
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    If you have any questions, or suggestions for fitness or wellness programming, please contact us!

    Argyros Fitness Center Guest Relations
    (714) 516-5623
    fitnesscenter@chapman.edu

    Mike Keyser
    Student Union Program Coordinator
    Department of Student Engagement
    (714) 628-7258
    keyser@chapman.edu

    Alyssa Doniak
    Graduate Assistant Fitness & Recreation
    Department of Student Engagement
    (714) 516-5878
    tmpdean1@chapman.edu

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