The university is a place of teaching and research, which encourages a thirst for knowledge and promotes the sharing of knowledge. But it can do much more than that! You can train your mind as well as your body. For there will be hardly any other time in your life when you’ll have the luxury of trying out different sports – and on such a low budget too. This blog article is intended to provide information about the wide range of sports on offer at the University of Stuttgart.
For most students, sport is often quite far down the to-do list. It is seen more as a duty than a hobby, done just to soothe your bad conscience and improve your physique. More of an extra burden than fun, really. The word sport means different things to different people and for some just getting out of bed counts as sport. Anything more than that is just a step too far – to put it mildly.
In reality, sport is versatile and comprises much more than calculating how to burn as many calories as possible and efficient weight loss. It can even be really fun if it’s the right sport (for you). True story. And in times of stress, such as during the exam period, it can really decrease your stress levels and help you keep a clear head.
Why do Sport?
During the winter months we become more inactive, more sedentary – OK, let’s just say it like it is: we become lazy, more sluggish. That gray damp weather doesn’t exactly tempt us out of doors and the thought of getting comfy on the sofa with a warm blanket is much more appealing. Not to mention indulging our culinary fancies and just simply taking it easy – and let’s face it, that’s what we’d all rather do really. But don’t we spend enough time sitting in seminars, tutorials and lectures?
Most study programs involve a lot of time studying and sitting at a desk: bent over a book, staring alternately at our computer screen, mobile or tablet displays. Muscle tension due to bad posture is pretty much a given if you don’t do something to combat it. Sport might not cure all ills, but movement is important for improving how you feel and can even release a rush of endorphins – as long as you’re enjoying what you’re doing.
Going for a walk might breathe some life into your gray matter, but it won’t be enough if you’re someone who enjoys a bit more excitement. That’s why it is definitely worth checking out the university’s sports program.
And Here is What the University of Stuttgart Has on Offer
The University of Stuttgart has a comprehensive sports program. Whether you like individual or team sports – there’s something to suit everyone. There are 7 or 8 categories of sport at the University of Stuttgart:
- Budo/martial arts
- Fit & healthy
- Individual sport
- Outdoor & excursions
- Sports games
- … and other sports on offer
The university offers the following martial arts:
- Boxing ticket valid for 10 admissions
- Fitness and boxing
- Self-defense for women
Fit & Healthy
The category Fit & Healthy offers a wide range of activities. Whether you want to improve your fitness, if you’re interested in body styling, or even just want to refresh your first-aid course, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Fit & Healthy. You can also undergo a health check-up, and test your heart and kidneys if you want to, regardless of whether you’re a competitive athlete or just do sport for fun. Relaxation strategies, fitness and weight training are also on offer:
- Ballet Body
- Body workout
- BurnIT (Fitness for women)
- Cross training
- Dance workout
- First-aid course
- Fit for Life – sport for mind and body
- Fitness & weight training
- Health check-up
- Endurance training
- Massage workshops
- Mental strategies
- Power check-up
- Power spine
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Qi Gong
- Training for your back
- Salsa aerobic
In this category you are free to choose between various disciplines, including everything from apparatus gymnastics to athletics and even tricking:
And that, of course isn’t everything the university’s sports program has to offer, but just a short selection to give you an overview. All other sports on offer can be found by clicking on the following link: University of Stuttgart’s sports program.
Who is Entitled to Make use of the University’s Sports Program?
Students and employees at the following universities in Stuttgart are entitled to sign up for the sports on offer (minimum age: 18):
- University of Stuttgart
- Hochschule für Medien und Kommunikation
- Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung
- Hochschule der Medien
- Hochschule für Technik
- Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste
- Merz Akademie
- Fraunhofer Institut
People not from the universities and guests are also welcome to participate (provided there are enough places available).
How Much Does it Cost?
The course fees can be found in the information about the individual sports on offer and these are a one-off payment that covers the entire length of the course. This fee will be taken directly from your account with a SEPA direct debit.
Can I test certain courses?
Generally speaking, you are allowed to test one course as long as it’s not already sold out and/or there are no other participant restrictions.
If you have any further questions or would like more information then please click on the following link.
I hope you find something you like –
Have fun being sporty!
PS: If you can’t find the motivation to join a course by yourself, then ask someone on your degree course if they want to go with you!