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CALS Wellness Committee tip: Embrace the “power of play” via UW Rec Well intramural sports

This fall, as the day lengths shorten, let us not forget the benefits of play. When your schedule fills up with obligations, it may be tempting to skip activities that make you happy because you just don’t know how to fit them into your schedule. Unfortunately, that can make you feel like you’re sailing a boat without a rudder. You can get lost. You can start to lose sight of why you are working so hard in the first place.

It is important to remember that taking time to play can help you feel better – and it can also help your performance at work. A brief “fun break” can help you feel more invigorated about your work and/or help you see your work in a different way. A seemingly intractable problem may become solvable after some fun. Another wonderful benefit is that a fun break can help you develop valuable connections to other people you would not normally get to know, people who may introduce you to new ideas, viewpoints and even collaborations.

UW University Recreation & Wellbeing’s intramural sports options provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in fun sports of all kinds. For departments that would like to utilize the University Recreation & Wellbeing facilities for morale boosting, team building or just for fun, there is an option of registering as a team for sports like softball or broom ball. There are many sports to choose from for the spring 2020 term.

Students only need to purchase an intramural sport pass to participate in intramural sports. The current cost for an Intramural pass is listed at $45.00 a year, $25.00 a semester, or $10.00 for a tournament pass. Staff will need to purchase at least a one-month University Recreation & Wellbeing membership and an intramural sports pass in order to participate. Currently, a one-month membership for staff is listed at $30.00 at the University Recreation & Wellness intramural site.

For more information on costs and how to sign up, visit the University Recreation & Wellness site.  https://recwell.wisc.edu/intramuralsports/

For more information about the benefits of play for adults, visit https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/benefits-of-play-for-adults.htm