Being in a demanding position can be stressful, and when there are people depending on you, taking personal time to maintain your well-being might be the first thing cut from a full schedule.
For the busiest person on campus, University of Saskatchewan President Peter Stoicheff, there is no compromise. Prioritizing regular physical activity each day allows him to be mentally present to oversee campus operations.
“I actually notice it up here more than anything,” Stoicheff said, pointing to his head. “And really, to be the right person for 26,000 students and everybody else, you have to be in a good frame of mind.”
He makes full use of the Physical Activity Complex and carves time out to go almost every day. As he sees it, having his office located about 100 yards away from the PAC leaves him no excuse not to go for a run.
“I’ve always been really, really active. I would say two things: it allows me to drink a lot of beer,” Stoicheff said with a laugh. “And the other thing is that it is really good for my mental health.”
Whether it is going for a run, using the row machine or lifting weights, Stoicheff does a variety of activities, but enjoys the treadmill the most.
Being regimented, he fits it into his day by always adding it into his calendar. Even though his regular schedule is interrupted when he travels to represent the university, he manages to find a way regardless by using hotel gyms.
Another tip he has is making his workout plan easy enough that he cannot talk himself out of it. If the weather is nice, he will do a run on the campus paths.
Just as people need to eat, they need physical activity, Stoicheff says. Re-thinking it in this way means that it becomes almost non-negotiable to sacrifice the crunches when crunched for time.
Carving out time for yourself is important; whether your preferred way to maintain your mental health is physical activity or social activity, finding what helps you thrive is something that should come first for all students, faculty and staff.
Nykole King | Editor-in-Chief
Graphic: Shawna Langer | Graphics Editor