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Physical health and wellbeing


  • 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.

  • Take advantage of the 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 – Complete each running session twice or three times a week and you'll progress through to a 5k run by the end of it.  Clear feedback on how much you're improving your fitness will help you run further each week. 

  • 5K to 10K running programme – Increase your running distance and knowledge and challenge yourself with Get Out, Get Active’s 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.

  • Disabled staff can also access the Business Disability Forum (DBF). As well as access to its team of experts, there’s a resource library with guidance, research, blogs and podcasts on a range of topics.

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 a GOGA Step Challenge.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 online activities!  Please make sure your space is free from hazards (pets, chairs, mugs, lego etc.) before exercising.  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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