11 fun activities to get fit in 2018
8 January 2018 - Jemma Barratt
If you’re new to Leeds you might not have discovered all the hidden gems in our glorious city. For National Obesity Awareness Week (NOW) we are shining a spotlight on some of the city’s best fitness options so you can shape up, work hard and have fun.
Shake off those January blues and check out our list below for a host of ideas that will help you realise the ‘New Year, new me’ mantra.
Did you know… you can try a new sport on campus for FREE!
The Sports Office has teamed up with the Student Union’s ‘Give it a Go’ campaign to offer two weeks of free activities.
Fancy trying water polo or becoming a Tchoukball expert? There are 40 Athletic Union Clubs at the university and it’s your chance to discover your hidden talent.
‘Give it a Go’ starts on Monday 29 January until Sunday 11 February.
Visit the Carnegie Sport social media accounts to see which clubs are offering free sessions as part of ‘Give it a Go.’
Oxygen FreeJumping has a student night on Thursdays
Trampolining has definitely become a fitness trend and we keep seeing jump centres popping up everywhere. The good news for you is that Oxygen FreeJumping has a night dedicated to students. Bring a valid student card and you get a one hour jumping session - as a bonus for all your hard work, you get fed with free pizza afterwards. There really isn’t a downside to this!
Leeds Beckett has two gyms and swimming pool facilities on campus
Gone are the days when you have to search for a gym as Beckett has one on each site for you. Headingley Campus boasts a 20-metre swimming pool, 3G pitches, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash courts and even a running track. Both campuses offer gym facilities and if you’re a first year undergraduate then it’s free for you to use and on the whole it’s pretty cheap for the rest of us.
Check out all the opening times and prices here:
Did you know... Revolucion De Cuba run weekly salsa classes.
We’ve all had that inner Strictly Come Dancing moment and luckily, one of the top bars in Leeds offers a salsa class every Tuesday evening from 7:30pm. You don’t have to panic about having two left feet as they have a free beginner taster session and intermediate levels at just £3 a class - no sequins or tan required!
Check out the Facebook page for more information:
Leeds Beckett has a Boxing and Thai Boxing Club
Boxing is the breakout sport of 2017 and if you fancy yourself as the next Anthony Joshua this intense, competitive sport will prepare your body and mind for anything - essays, dissertations and the long walk up to campus. Come along, join in and meet new people.
Did you know… Leeds is home to Yorkshire’s first outdoor obstacle training gym
That’s correct, you thought you were out of the cold but Fitness Success Obstacle Gym is putting you right back in the thick of it. If you’re thinking about completing the Tough Mudder challenge or something equally as challenging in 2018, this gym can prepare you for the harsh climates you are likely to face. Or if you just fancy having a tyre race on a Saturday afternoon, that’s fine as well.
Check out their events on:
Leeds Beckett has its own Outdoor Society
If you get the outdoor fitness bug from visiting the obstacle gym then you can continue your expeditions by joining the university’s Outdoor Society. Those walking boots are made for walking and you’ll be doing a lot of it around different parts of the UK.
Watch the video below to see what students get up to:
Leeds hosts a Student Colour Run once a year
If you set yourself a challenge at the start of the year to run a 5K, this is possibly the most fun way to do it. You’ll be a happy, colourful mess as you take on this unique route - have colour fights, cause chaos and work off those calories.
2018 will be the second time this has been done and it definitely captures the spirit of being a student. Keep updated on their Facebook page for news of the next run: https://www.facebook.com/studentcolourrunleeds/
Did you know… you can set up your own Netball and 7-a-side football team
Grab a bunch of friends, colour coordinate and start your own team. The university has a Campus Sport programme with leagues in netball and football, where you can play for enjoyment. Sign up for £50 and all equipment and officials are provided.
Parkrun is a free weekly 5km run that you can take part in
All around the country these organised runs happen every week and luckily you have them right on your doorstep in Leeds. Commit to getting up early on a Saturday and put that brand new running gear on that you bought in the sales with good intentions. Make sure you register first and then you’re good to go.
See where you can do the Parkrun in Leeds:
Leeds Beckett has an evening running club
If you prefer to live the vampire lifestyle, you can join the social running club on campus. The group meets at 6pm every Wednesday. Join at Headingley Campus for some fun, recreational exercise.
Here is the Facebook group to find out more: