Wellbeing Week: Monday – Be Active
It’s Wellbeing Week at the University of Brighton, so we have put together some brilliant resources, each based around a central theme, to help you connect with other students and boost your mental health. Today’s theme is: Be Active
Being 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 – just focus on what you enjoy. There are lots of different ways to get active that fit easily into your daily routine.
Wellbeing Week events happening today
1:15-1:45pm – Falmer Sports Centre Studio – Mindful Stretching
Ease the tension of studying (and working!) with this 30-minute stretching and strengthening routine. This class focuses on breathwork and gentle stretching to ease neck, shoulder and lower back tension. All fitness levels and abilities welcome.
2:30pm-4:00pm – Cockcroft Sports Hall – Dodgeball Tournament
A fun, inclusive dodgeball session-come-tournament at Cockcroft sports hall with our qualified dodgeball coach. Enter solo or as a team, everyone welcome.
8-8:45pm or 9-9:45pm – ParkLife annual Ice Skating event
Get your skates on and join UoB students and staff at these dedicated ice-skating sessions at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. Tickets and more information are available via the Sport Brighton website.
2:30-3:30pm – Wellbeing Champions Walk My Dog, Falmer
Spend an hour in the fresh air playing with some friendly dogs and meeting new people! Meet outside Checkland at 2:30pm to register.
If you want to improve your fitness level, compete in competitive sports, gain coaching qualifications, or just have fun with your friends, Sport Brighton is here to help! Their memberships include fantastic student deals for classes and gym access, as well as priority booking for classes and facilities.
You can also access classes without a membership for just £3 per session. Check out what is on offer at Falmer and Eastbourne, and keep an eye out for brand new fitness gym and studio opening at Moulsecoomb soon. Follow Sport Brighton’s Instagram for all Sport Brighton Updates.
Active autumn challenges – If you prefer to get active in your own time, but still want to feel part of a community, try our on demand activities and challenges on Playwaze.
Parklife is the University’s social sport and physical activity programme – a wide range of fun sessions to help you get active and feel part of the community. There are opportunities for students of all abilities and experience to play competitive and non-competitive social sport – a great opportunity to try something new, get your body moving and meet new people!
Swim for £1
Swim for just £1 by showing your Uni Card at Freedom Leisure Pools in Brighton and Hove, or at the Eastbourne UoB Sports Centre. You can attend any of the open swim sessions, which are available 7 days a week.
Boulder Brighton offer a 15% discount throughout the year to full time University of Brighton students. If you have never bouldered before, book onto one of their first time climb introductory sessions or climb for just £3.20 throughout the day on Wednesdays during term time.
To support you to get out into the community and improve your running, Sport Brighton run brilliant running groups in Eastbourne and Brighton (pdf). Both groups run weekly, are free, and open to people of all levels of fitness and experience.
In Eastbourne, the routes will vary to include road, hill and scenic running, with refreshments at the end! If you’re in Brighton (pdf), you can run at your own pace with like-minded peers, following the Couch to 5k programme, which is perfect for beginners of any fitness level.
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. There are so many options available for free online – check out Couch to Fitness for a range of at-home online classes, designed to get you fitter at your own pace. Jo Wicks also offers a wide range of home workouts on his YouTube Channel aimed at being accessible for all abilities.
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 walking routes around Sussex. Live near our Falmer site? Why not try this beautiful walk around Stanmer and Ditchling Beacon.
Whatever your game or level, there is a club for you! Clubs provide an opportunity for training, competition and fun. University clubs are run and organized by students for students. From American football to jiu jitsu, cheerleading to surfing, sports clubs are a great way to connect with others with similar interests.