Exercise benefits the mind and body which is why students living in Humber residence are using Rez Nights as a way to get fit and meet new people.
The event hosted by Humber Athletics generally takes place on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 11 in the North campus gym, said Michelle Noorenberghe, a third-year kinesiology student at University of Guelph-Humber and Residence Night coordinator.
Students are able to play floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, badminton, cricket and dodge-ball as well as participate in skills competitions and obstacle courses, said Noorenberghe.
However, students are essentially allowed to play whatever they want.
“There is no stress about skill level because everyone is just having fun,” said second-year Humber Print and Broadcast Journalism student and on-campus resident Branden Liezert.
Some of the people participating are eager to promote the social and physical benefits of Rez Nights.
“I think it is important for people to get out of their rooms,” said Liezert.”People should do some exercise and meet some new people.”
Liezert said midterms are an especially important time for events like Rez Night when people are really pent up with stress.
“It is a good idea to exercise to release stress,” he said. “It is probably the most healthy way to do it.”
Humber Athletics also gives out prizes to the winners of the skills competitions, usually Athletics themed water bottles or clothing, said Tanner Ahola, a second-year kinesiology student at Guelph-Humber and Residence Night coordinator.
“I think it’s a nice getaway for a couple hours,” said Ahola.
“People will do homework or study and take a break and come here,” he said. “It’s a nice opportunity for them to burn off some energy.”
Some participants are in quite good shape.
“I use the North campus weight room between seven and ten times a week and cardio three to five hours a week counting Res Nights,” said Liezert.
However, anyone can participate despite their level of athleticism, said Noorenberghe.
“You don’t have to be a top athlete, just come as you are,” she said.
For some people living in residence the closeness of campus and the short walk there make it hard to get enough physical activity, said Jeck Baconga, a, Residence Life coordinator at Humber College.
“It encourages students to get active,” said Baconga.
“The gym on campus can be a little intimidating if you’re working out amongst the athletes or bodybuilders. It’s more comfortable with peers in residence,” he said.