Recreation

Harding’s recreation program offers multiple opportunities for students to stay active.

Our intramural and social club athletics are coordinated out of the recreation program and provide a place for students to play organized athletics in flag football, basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer and more. 

The recreation program, also has facilities for students use such as the indoor swimming pool, the racquetball courts, student weight room and group exercise room.

There are also outdoor facilities that include track, jogging trail, tennis courts, basketball, sand volleyball, disc golf, and a free play field. The recreation program also offers free group exercise classes to students.

Intramurals

Intramurals

"A sport for every man and every man in a sport"

The intramural athletics program at Harding University is designed to give all students an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities, many of which they can carry over into later life.

Our program exists for the beginner, the expert and every level of skill in between. In fact, we encourage those who have the desire to do so to sign up for an activity they have never played and to learn while doing.

Our Mission

The intramural athletics program is dedicated to the ideal that one who participates should be a better Christian for having done so. When we fail in this, we have failed to accomplish a major objective of the program. We believe the essence of wholesome recreation is found in ones relation-ship to teammates, opponents, officials and spectators. It is good to develop skill and stamina for an activity; it is better to develop social attributes inherent in the activity.

Awards

To be announced at the end of each Intramural events competition.

The Point System

Intramural activities are divided into six groups: team, singles, doubles, sports skill, interclub and free play. The first four groups - team, singles, doubles and sports skill - earn intramural points toward awards. Club activities and free play do not carry any point value.

The point system is designed to encourage learning a wide variety of activities in year-round competition and to provide a measuring device for awards presentations. Each activity in the divisions that earn points is assigned a designated number of points. At the end of the school year, the students with the highest accumulated points win a letter jacket. Since the number is not limited, every student who finishes the requirements receives a jacket.

Students who wish to compete for a letter jacket should enter as many of the point-earning events as possible because the key to winning is participation. Winners are not always the best athletes but rather the students who participate in a variety of activities throughout the year.

Club Athletics

Club Athletics

All students currently active in a social club are eligible for participation in this program. Clubs have the opportunity to field teams as deemed fitting for each tournament. Athletic Directors for each club will be responsible for creating the teams.

Officials for games will be provided by the Recreation Director.

Awards and Scheduling

An All-Sports award will be given at the A and B Team levels for both Large and Small Clubs based on points accumulated through the school year. Point values for places will be determined at the start of the academic year by the Recreation Director. 

All club sports are scheduled and administered using the website www.imleagues.com/harding.

All club members are required to register on the site using their @harding.edu email address provided by the University.

General Workout Guidelines

- Begin slowly and gradually warm up your muscles and heart (3-5 minutes)
- Exercise within your target heart rate zone, or monitor your intensity using the “talk test”. You should be able to talk with some difficulty while exercising. If it is easy to carry on a conversation, your intensity is too low. If it is impossible to talk, your intensity is too high.
- Cardio workouts should be 30-45 minutes, 3-5 times each week
- Strength training should be 20-30 minutes, 2-3 times a week on alternate days
- Intervals (training using high intensity bursts interspersed with lower intensity) are a great way to supercharge your workout, increase speed and endurance
- Cool down and stretch at the end of every workout

For more information about weight training and exercise.

Healthy Eating Tips

For women, a healthy diet includes:

- At least three 1-ounce servings of whole grains such as whole-grain bread, cereal, pasta, brown rice or oats.
- 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products such as low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, or cheese.
- 5 to 6 ounces of protein such as lean meat, chicken, turkey, fish, beans, lentils or peas.
- 2 cups of fruit such as apples, blueberries, melon, oranges, bananas, and pears.
- 2 ½ cups of vegetables such as leafy greens, pumpkin, bell peppers, onions, broccoli, mushrooms and carrots.
More healthy eating tips specifically for women

For men, a healthy diet includes:

- At least 2 cups of fruits and 2 ½ cups of vegetables each day. At least once a week, eat tomatoes or something made from tomatoes, like pasta sauce. The antioxidant lycopene found in tomato products is good for prostate health.
- At least five 1-ounce servings of whole grains each day. Replace refined grains with whole-grain bread, cereal, pasta, brown rice or oats.
- At least two to three servings of fish per week.
- At least 38 grams of fiber a day
- Unsaturated fats like oils, nuts, and salad dressings in place of saturated fats like full-fat dairy foods, butter, and high-fat sweets.
- 4,700 milligrams a day of potassium from fruits, vegetables, fish and milk.
More healthy eating tips specifically for men
Men’s Health Information

Saving Calories

The key to saving calories is to identify small changes you can make in your eating and activity habits and commit to them. Small lifestyle changes are more likely to last compared to large drastic ones. Extreme diets and intensive exercise regimens may show results at first, but are difficult to maintain long term.  

Healthy weight is all about balancing food intake with physical activity. Saving 100 calories each day can make a big difference over time. 

- Lighten up your favorite coffee by using non-fat milk, fat-free creamer, and sugar-free syrup. 
- Trim all visible fat from beef, pork and chicken. Remove the skin from poultry. 
- Substitute low-fat or fat-free frozen yogurt or slow-churned, reduced-fat ice cream for regular. 
- Enjoy raw vegetables with salsa or fat-free dressing instead of chips and croutons.
See how small changes add up!

Eating Out

Learn more about making healthy choices in a restaurant

More Eat Right Nutrition Tips

 

Fitness Programs

Fitness Programs

Walktober – a walking or running competition for employees. Participants log mileage for the month and prizes are given for the top pavement pounders.

Holiday Challenge – participants weigh in before Thanksgiving break. At the conclusion of Christmas break, weight is recorded again. Those who have maintained or lost weight over the holidays receive a prize.

Step Into Spring – another walking or running contest, encouraging participants to get outside, get moving and improve their health.

GAC Hours

For information about GAC fitness room hours, swim times for men and women, tennis courts, and more see our Facebook Page – Harding University Kinesiology 

Looking for convenient routes to walk or jog on campus? See our Harding Walking Trails PDF.

Contact the Recreation & Wellness Directors

Contact Us

Jim Gowen

Jim Gowen
Director of Intramurals

501-279-4625

jgowen@harding.edu

Tom Ritchie

Tom Ritchie
Recreation Director

501-279-4972

tritchie@harding.edu

 Sarah McGaha

Sarah McGaha
Wellness Program Coordinator

Sarah is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. Sarah teaches fitness classes at Harding including Aerobics, Half-Marathon Training and Plyometrics.

501-279-5285

Fax: 501-279-4138

smcgaha@harding.edu

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