The mission of Duke Recreation & Physical Education is to provide exceptional and diverse opportunities that promote healthy active lifestyles in a safe, inclusive environment.
Our core values: Communication, Integrity, Teamwork, Healthy Lifestyles, Fun, Safety, and Inclusiveness.
Duke Recreation and Physical Education encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Nathan McKinnis in advance of your participation or visit.
Exercise is like spinach – everybody knows it’s good for you; yet many people still avoid it, forgoing its potential health benefits. Studies show that exercise improves quality of life in all areas – agility, energy, overall health, mental health, emotional well-being and functioning in social situations.
Form and build valuable bonds with your peers through playing on an Intramural Team, by joining a Sport Club or through participation in our Outdoor Adventures Leadership Development Program. All are great way to learn valuable leadership skills such as group management, decision making, self-awareness and situational assessment.
Interested in working for the most fun student employer on campus? Duke Rec is one of the largest campus employers, employing students in such positions as Intramural officials, Rec Center employees, Aquatic Center lifeguards, Outdoor program and Fitness employees and fitness instructors.
You know that exercise does your body good, but you're too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there's good news when it comes to exercise and stress. Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you're not an athlete or even if you're out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.
Adopting a regular exercise routine is vital to maintaining the health of your muscles, bones and bodily organs. The merits of exercise include a variety of health benefits ranging from weight loss and improved sleep to the prevention and management of chronic health conditions.
Grab a friend, or two, and get together with one of our trainers for some fun workouts with our TRX bands! These workouts will challenge your core, build strength and flexibility throughout your body and can complement any training program.
Did you know that we offer physical education courses for class credit? Spice up your course schedule by taking one of our many physical education classes. From fly fishing, to golf, to triathlon training and more, we offer lots of fun opportunities!