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Physical Activity

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being.  It’s recommended that activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) per week. You should aim for moderate (anything that increases heart rate and breaks a sweat) to high intensity (Fast and hard breathing and high increase in heart rate).


What are the benefits?

  • Improvements in mood
  • Lower anxiety levels
  • Improvements in sleeping patterns
  • Increased energy
  • Reduces risk of a range of diseases, e.g. coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight

Small changes can make a big difference!

Being physically active doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking hour on the treadmill, here are some quick and easy ways to add some exercise to your day.

  1. Take the stairs instead of using escalators or lifts
  2. Walk instead of taking the car or public transport
  3. Make use of the Citibikes (there’s one right by both our campuses)
  4. Try some of these gym free Workouts
  5. Let the outdoors be your gym and go for a run in the park.

Sport at Hope

There are a number of sports clubs and societies that you can join or get involved with to help increase your physical activity and they’re also great for making friends and improving your social life. You can check out what clubs and societies are available on the SU website.

Other activities include:

50% discount on City Bikes – simply use the code CB/Hope/C04

Also keep your eyes peeled for our new gym and sports hall (due for completion September 2016)