By: Kristin Knight

Whether you’re a new Demon Deacon or you’ve been here for a few years, the Wake Forest Wellbeing Center is very excited for everyone to be back on campus in just a few short days. Physical and mental health are just as important as academics, so we have a few tips on how to make Campus Recreation part of your Wake Forest experience!

Make working out fun

Did you know we have our very own bouldering and climbing wall? This is the perfect opportunity to do something fun with friends while also breaking a sweat. The wall has options for all skill levels, so don’t be shy if it’s your first time in a harness.

Take a class

It’s way easier to stick to a workout plan if you’re committed to a specific class. Campus Rec offers various types of classes from yoga to cycling to body pump; check out the group fitness calendar to plan your next workout. Not only are group fitness classes super fun, but they’re also free for all students! 

Make a splash

The Aquatics Center isn’t just for swimming laps! Why not get SCUBA certified or try your hand at water polo? Check out their calendar to learn more about all the fun activities they offer. Don’t forget about the whirlpool! Turn the jets on and relax after a tough workout or even just a busy day. 

Set a schedule 

You’re more likely to work out consistently if you set a realistic schedule. Try working out at the same time every day to help get into a routine; the facilities are open early in the morning until late at night, so you can hit the gym whenever works best for you! Futhermore the state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment will help you achieve your cardio and strength training goals. 

Enjoy the great outdoors

Across campus, there are eight tennis courts, three sand volleyball courts, and three recreational fields. You can always find a place to enjoy a game with friends or consider joining a club or intramural team. Looking to immerse yourself in nature even more? From day hikes to weekend surfing trips, Outdoor Pursuits has something for everyone and every skill level!

Take a study break or study here

Working out can be a great way to clear your mind of any stress and frustration from the day. When you have a lot of work to do, it can be hard to find time to take a break, but working out for an hour or so can actually help you work more efficiently. Additionally, the Wellbeing Center is a great place to get work done! The Living Room and the Overlook are great spaces for collaboration. There’s also several classrooms and meeting rooms in the building. 

Recruit a workout buddy

Working out is way more fun when you have someone to do it with! Meeting your friend in the weight room or on the basketball court can help keep you accountable for going. Also, working out with friends is a perfect way to catch up with everyone while also breaking a sweat!


Hopefully, these tips inspire you to make Campus Rec a regular part of your Wake Forest experience. From all of us here, we look forward to seeing you very soon!


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