Monday – Be active (Wellbeing Week 2020)
Getting active is not only great for your physical health but can also improve your mental wellbeing. It doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the gym – focus on what you enjoy, there are lots of different ways to get active and to fit this into your daily routine.
Whether you want to improve your level of fitness, compete in competitive sports, have fun with your friends or gain additional coaching qualifications, Sport Brighton are here to help! Whilst their classes and gym facilities are currently closed in line with national lockdown restrictions, they are kindly offering some free online classes for Wellbeing Week. Why not try a free Yoga class with Lucy (sign up with Microsoft Teams) or Ben’s HIIT Class to get your blood pumping. Follow their Instagram for all Sport Brighton updates.
Parklife is the University’s social sport and physical activity programme, made up of a wide range of fun sessions to help you get active and feel part of the University community. Sessions take place at various times on both weekdays and weekends, all equipment is provided and prices start at just £1 per session. There are opportunities for students of all abilities and experience levels to play competitive and non-competitive social sport – a great opportunity to try something new, get your body moving and meet new people! Due to national lockdown restrictions, Parklife’s programme is on hold at the moment but follow their Instagram updates for when they are up and running again.
Whether you are having to isolate at home or just don’t fancy heading out into the Great British weather, home workouts are a great way to get moving. Sport Brighton are offering a free yoga and HIIT class but there are also loads of free options online. The NHS also offer a range of great online workouts, from dance workouts and aerobics to toning, see if there is one you want to try today. Joe Wicks is also uploading 3 new workouts a week throughout the month of November aimed at being accessible for all abilities – check out his YouTube channel to give one a try.
Walking is a simple, free and easy way to get active. A brisk walk can help to build stamina and improve heart health. If you want to try and increase your steps, try getting off the bus a stop early or start your day with a 10 minute walk. If you want to explore the beautiful South Downs, the National Trust have some great free downloadable walks around Sussex. Live near our Falmer site? Why not try this beautiful walk around Stanmer and Ditchling Beacon. If you would like to find out more about Brighton and Hove whilst you are walking, then why not take a look at these fantastic walks put together by Discover Brighton.
New to running and want to give it a go? Couch to 5K is an accessible running plan for beginners, and with 3 runs a week, this will help you build up to a 5k run within 9 weeks. The Brighton Parklife Running Whatsapp Group is a great way to connect with others who are also interested in running and to invite one other to join you on your runs at the moment. Alternatively, the Brighton and Hove Frontrunners is a friendly mixed ability LGBTQ+ running club, aiming to improve wellbeing in a supportive and inclusive environment. They meet at the Beach Shelter next to the King Alfred Leisure Centre every Wednesday at 7pm – first session is free and everyone is welcome – from beginners to more experienced runners! Check out their webpage for more information about their meetings during the current lockdown.
Sports clubs and societies
Whatever your game or level, there is a club for you! Clubs provide an opportunity for training, competition and fun, and the university clubs are run and organised by students for students. From American football to jiu jitsu, cheerleading to surfing, find out more about the wide range of clubs we have. Whilst you may not be able to meet in person at the moment, it’s a great way to connect with others with similar interests.
Swimming has a great number of health benefits. If you are on our Eastbourne site, the Eastbourne Sports Centre has currently closed in line with the national lockdown restrictions but hopes to be open again as soon as it’s safe to do so. Keep an eye on their webpage for all updates.
Fancy giving sea swimming a go? Salty Seabirds may be the group for you! This is a great way to meet others and enjoy sea swimming. Whilst they are not organising group swims at the moment, they have some great tips on safely sea swimming with one other person.