A common misconception about working out is that it is simply for looks. Exercise has far greater benefits than what meets the eye and Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is trying to get this message across loud and clear. Studies have shown that students who get involved in exercise actually tend to have better grades as a result.
"What many students don't realize is that exercising can really help boost your life in all aspects such as school, health and even interpersonal relationships," said Lyle Bartelt, Manager of Fitness and Wellness at EMCC.
There aren't many sports offered here at EMCC, but the college has developed a unique way of getting students active through friendly competition.
During the fall 2014 semester, EMCC's Student Life coordinated intramural flag football as well as soccer. This semester the Sports Club has alternated to volleyball.
Intramural sports are played every Friday form 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The club meets every other Friday from 1pm to 3pm out on the field. It is open to all EMCC students and staff members and may run past the allotted time if participants insist.
Bartelt oversees the club and believes it is a great way to combat inactivity amongst college students.
“The American College of Sports and Medicine says that inactivity amongst all age groups is one of the leading causes of bad health, and among students inactivity is correlated with poorer academic performance," said Bartelt.
The club encourages all students to get involved in gameplay and often games will go on for hours without keeping score. Students often compete for the pure fun of competition and no student is left out.
"I really use the program as a means of blowing off some steam after a long day of classes, plus it is fun and I get to meet new people," said Divine Holmes, a student and participant in the intramural club.
Even if you sign up with this club, there is no mandatory commitment. Students like Holmes can utilize the program whenever it fits their schedule. So if you are a student here at EMCC who might be struggling to turn that 87 percent in College Algebra into a 90, or want to boost your social life, or maybe simply want to improve your physical wellbeing, just put down your cellphone and pick up a ball on Fridays at 1 p.m.