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Physical health and wellbeing

Forthcoming events and activities:

BRIT Virtual Distance Challenge- Join Get Out, Get Active’s (GOGA) staff vs students BRIT Challenge in support of young adult mental health. Individuals taking part will work as a team to cover the 2,021-mile distance in whatever way they like. Sign up by 12 noon on Thursday 6 May to take part in the challenge, which will start on Monday 10 May to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Staff Healthy Week 2021 - Staff Healthy Week returns on Monday 7 June to support you and your colleagues to get active and focus on your mental and physical wellbeing. Like last year, events will be virtual with a range of live classes and workshops, as well as pre-recorded videos and blog resources to access in your own time. Further information to follow... 

You can also try the following:

  • Your Home, Your Move – Try workouts and read blog articles to support you staying active and healthy at home.  Content includes: HIIT workouts, cardio workouts, Pilates, yoga and postural and mobility exercises.

  • Free sweet and savoury recipes – A healthy body and mind is as much about what you eat as the exercise you do.  For new meal ideas and inspiration, check these recipes developed by our Food Science and Nutrition students.

  • Get Out Get Active (GOGA) virtual Balance Classes – Sign up for these weekly virtual balance classes - yoga on Tuesdays and Pilates on Fridays.

  • Contact Beth Fadden for more information on a range of bookable workshops and sessions focusing on physical activity, mental health and other lifestyle factors such as sleep, led by the Physical Activity and Wellbeing Team.

  • Take advantage of the new Cycle to Work scheme with an increased upper funding limit from £1,000 to £3,000 to help you source a wide range of electric and accessible/adapted bikes.

  • If you’d like to hire a bike, get maintenance help from qualified mechanics and volunteers, borrow tools or get cycling advice, pre-book your appointment at The Bike Hub and make sure you have a great time cycling in Leeds!

  • Get fit by doing good with GoodGym.  Run, walk or cycle to help community projects and older people in Leeds.  All abilities are welcome.

  • Perfect posture? If you're working on a computer during the day try these postural exercises demonstrated by Sport and Physical Activity.

  • Free remote Quit Smoking support – Is now the ideal time for you to cut down or quit smoking?  The University’s Quit Smoking coach can help you with remote support and advice.

  • Couch to 5k programme – Why not use this time to get into running? Complete each session twice or three times a week and you'll progress through to a 5k run by the end of it.  You'll get clear feedback on how much you're improving your fitness, as you'll be able to run further each week. 

  • 5K to 10K running programme – Increase your running distance and knowledge and take part in a new challenge with Get Out, Get Active’s first 5K to 10K programme.  It will have you running a 10K within 12 weeks. 

  • 5 ways to improve your sleep recommended by Lucy Alderman from The Edge.

Walking for Health

It’s official Walking is good for both our physical and mental health. As well as being one of most popular physical activities in the world, it is a cost free, gentle, low-impact activity that does not require special training or equipment, and can fit around our daily schedules.

Here are 5 tips from the Get Out, Get Active team to help increase your step count:

  1. Join one of the GOGA Step Challenges - join the upcoming BRIT Virtual Distance Challenge week commencing 10 May to encourage you to get your steps in.
  2. Don’t worry if you can’t or don’t have time to get outside for a walk, you can do laps of your garden or your flat/house. This is a great way to get some steps in between meetings.
  3. Use this time to explore your local area- GOGA have two free walking guides to help you plan your next outdoor adventure. 10 must see parks in Leeds and 5 great walks in Leeds.
  4. Replicate your commute to work with a quick walk before or after work. It will set you up for the working day and allow you time to unwind afterwards.
  5. Steps span beyond just walking- other ways of getting steps include gardening, household chores, shopping and aerobic workouts. Remember that it doesn’t have to be a formal walk!


Please note - the University can’t take responsibility for injuries or losses caused by these online activities.  Please make sure your space is free from hazards (pets, chairs, mugs, lego etc.) before trying these exercises.  Drink enough water and stay aware of how your body is responding.  It’s best to check with your doctor first if you have any concerns about exercising.

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