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Fencing, Scuba Diving and Other Out-of-the-Ordinary P.E. Classes

If the more typical P.E. courses such as aerobics and weightlifting don't sound appealing to you, you may want to consider choosing something a little more out-of-the-ordinary to fulfill the physical education requirements at your university. If it fits into your schedule, sign up for one of the more unusual P.E. courses at your college. The experience might be one of your most memorable yet!

Fighting and martial arts courses are a great way to learn a physical discipline. Whether it's an ancient technique (like Tae Kwon Do) or a modern cardio-intensive incarnation of an ancient technique (Tae Bo), these P.E. courses are a great alternative to other P.E. courses. Self-defense courses not only fulfill a P.E. requirement, but they also equip you with practical skills you may need down the road if you find yourself in a dangerous situation. Other martial arts and fighting courses you may encounter include judo and karate.

Fencing and archery are also interesting courses that can increase your physical strength and balance.

If you hate getting sweaty, you may also consider what your university has to offer in the way of P.E. courses having to do with water. Whether its scuba diving, water aerobics or kayaking, these courses give you a solid workout without necessarily heating you up. Canoeing, sailing and rowing are also two P.E. courses that get your blood moving while keeping you close to the water. Some colleges even offer ice skating for P.E. credits.

Keep in mind that there are other team and/or pairs sports other than the more usual fare of basketball, baseball, volleyball, golf and tennis. For instance, have you ever tried racquetball, handball or squash? What about lacrosse or rugby?

If you are a practical person who wants to get as much further use out of your physical education requirements as possible, you may want to look into a course in First Aid/CPR or lifeguarding, as you never know when you may find yourself in a situation where these skills will come in handy. These courses include a path to certification, which looks great on applications and resumes. Another practical course that often subs in for P.E. is water safety instruction.

Finally, consider taking a dance course. Whether you choose ballroom dance, swing dance, jazz dance, modern dance or square dance, many students find these courses to be so much fun that they forget they're getting a workout while they're at it.

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