Top 5 1-Unit Wonders


WINTER QUARTER, though seemingly endless, is more than halfway done, which means we can all start looking forward to a beautiful Stanford spring.

It’s admittedly difficult to get yourself to leave your room, much less go to the gym, and so you may have let that slide this quarter.  But we all know how important exercise is, even if we ignore it completely. It keeps you happy, healthy, and productive. 

To help you out, I’ve put together a list of some of the best one-unit athletics courses offered this spring:

1. PE 180 (Yoga for Less-stress Living)

Not everyone is comfortable with an intense workout class, but anyone can benefit from one of the yoga classes (PE 180-5) offered on campus. Yoga studios can be intimidating, a little weird, and pricey, so the idea of learning or continuing a yoga practice on campus is inviting. Sun salutations outside on lawn after class each day? Yes, please. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sign up with your flexible friends...

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                       Sign up with your flexible friends...

2. PE 98 (Sailing, Beginning)

Sign up for sailing if you’re a) down with water and b) want a rad sport to impress that honey you’ve been talking to.

 
                                                                   Requires some basic familiarity with water

 

                                                                 Requires some basic familiarity with water

 

3. PE 43 (Futsal)

Geared more toward those with a decent level of soccer knowledge, Futsal (a variant of soccer that is played on a smaller playing surface and mainly played indoors) will get you into shape while molding you into the next Messi. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          See, it doesn't even look that hard

                                                                           

                                                                                                                              See, it doesn't even look that hard

 

4. PE 33 (Diving)

We don’t all have a future in Olympic diving, but we do have the chance to try it out. It might not be as relaxing as yoga, but it sure as hell will motivate you to stop being the lazy person you are. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This will definitely be you after a quarter of PE 33

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                            This will definitely be you after a quarter of PE 33

5. Literally any class that is part of the Wellness series
(listed as WELLNESS)

Learn the “Practice of Happiness,” how to “Stress Less, Sleep Better,” and pick up some tools for life throughout the course of “Emotional Intelligence.” Half of staying healthy is maintaining a holistic approach to wellness. Mental health might not look quite as good in a swimsuit, but it’s much more important. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Maybe too happy...

                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                         Maybe too happy...

There are many other one-unit athletics courses that might interest you and provide some much needed balance at Stanford—look them up and choose one!

Stay happy and healthy!!

By: Eleni Spanos