From Recovery to Resiliency: Part 2 - Integrating Fitness and Wellness on Campus
We expect the recreation center will be reimagined with traditional fitness studios and classrooms evolving to accommodate the breadth of services needed for holistic student support. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen fitness studios converted from providing in-person, traditional drop-in fitness experiences to new technology-equipped spaces that can help campus recreation departments produce live-streamed virtual fitness and pre-recorded digital fitness content that can be delivered through a variety of platforms.
As student needs continue to evolve, we expect to see the need for increased adaptability. Agile campus recreation and wellness departments will require recreation spaces that can dynamically transform to ensure long-term resiliency.
For example, imagine a space within the recreation and wellness center that can physically adapt throughout the week or even a day. With enough flexibility, the same space could accommodate small group training, a recording capture/stream studio or even a cooking demonstration over the course of a single day. Campus recreation departments can look to transform underutilized space and meet student challenges with dynamic, evolving spaces and support mechanisms that do not currently exist on their campus.
With the intense emotional pressures facing today’s learners, it is critical that recreation centers be reimagined to serve the whole student. By coordinating resources for physical health and mental well-being while also focusing on resiliency, recreation centers can be transformed into hubs that provide each student the skills and support they need to manage current and future crises and build a healthy lifestyle.
The next post in this series, "Leveraging Campus and Community Partnerships," will address the potential for strategic cross-campus and community partnerships to build more resilience into campus recreation.