Student Health and Wellness Guide

 

PHE Coordinator: Alison Thayer, athayer@maine.edu, 207-778-7567

What is PHE?

PHE is a physical activity lab that is a required course to graduate UMF.  Students are given four choices of a lab activity, which are scheduled throughout the day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 8am with the last one offered at 3:45pm, and are expected to participate in that scheduled lab three times each week.  The philosophy of the program is to introduce first year students to the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center so that they are aware of the facility and all the programs that are available, to demonstrate many varieties and styles of safe and effective exercise, to teach the value and benefits of regular physical activity, and to assist students in establishing healthy exercise habits they will continue beyond the PHE program.

Video made by a Current PHE student instructor… Check it out!

The student can choose from the following lab activities:

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING – Students will learn to use strength machines, free-weights, body weight, and a variety of other equipment to improve both muscular and cardiovascular fitness while also learning techniques to improve flexibility.  No experience with strength training required.

PLAYFIT – This lab activity incorporates games such as Quidditch, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, arena football, kickball to condition the body in both muscular and cardiovascular fitness.  Core training and flexibility, along with basic fitness routines are also incorporated to give the participant a well rounded and fun way to exercise.

CARDIO – Aerobic based, this lab will include activities such as step aerobics, Zumba, cycling, running, or circuit workouts.  The options are limitless and depend on the instructor.  Participants of this lab will also work on muscular fitness, core strength, and flexibility.

WATER EXERCISE – This is a total body workout with no impact on the joints that challenges the muscular and cardiovascular systems and strengthens the core while also improving flexibility.  Participants should feel comfortable in the water, although it is not necessary to be a strong swimmer.  The instructor may incorporate swimming techniques into the class, or may teach it like a water aerobics class.

Other Course Information

It is important for PHE students to understand that although he/she might have signed up for a specific lab there will be times the groups are asked to switch with another lab or may have a guest instructor to teach a different activity.  The purpose of this is to demonstrate all the many options of exercise there are here at the FRC.  The PHE staff firmly believes in the benefits of regular exercise and believes that it can be fun too.  We try very hard to offer a variety to the students so they too can find what kind of exercise is fun for them and then may feel more inclined to carry forward the healthy habits developed in PHE.

WHAT DO I WEAR?

For the water exercise classes students should wear a supportive bathing suit.  Be mindful of the color of your suit, white is not always a great choice in the water.  Two piece suits are allowed, but keep in mind there will be activities where good support both on bottom and top is essential.  All other activity labs require a good pair of sneakers and clothes that are comfortable for exercise and not restrictive.  Please keep in mind that we are a family facility when choosing attire for classes.

WHERE DO I GO ON THE FIRST DAY?

All PHE students meet the first day on court 1 of the Fitness and Recreation Center.

DO I NEED TO DRESS FOR EXERCISE ON THE FIRST DAY?

No.  The first day is to meet your instructor and your new classmates, review class and attendance requirements, and to gather medical history information.  Students will not exercise in the first class.

WHAT IF I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION OR PHYSICAL LIMITATION THAT DOES NOT ALLOW ME TO DO CERTAIN EXERCISES?

Contact Alison Thayer, PHE Coordinator, to discuss any medical conditions or physical limitations that may prohibit you from certain exercises.  Alison is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and can help you find what exercise does work for you and that is non harmful to your condition or limitation.