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Wellbeing through Physical Activity and Sports based programmes
There is plenty of evidence that suggests that being physically active can have a very positive effect for our mental health and wellbeing. Not only does it mean taking steps to look after our body, but feel-good hormones are released through exercise. Physical activity can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression while improving mood, leading to a sense of a more balanced lifestyle.
Are you interested in becoming more active? You may be interested in going the gym or perhaps you would like to try a class like yoga, gardening and wildlife activities might be more of your kind of thing? The exercise referral scheme maybe something you’d like to consider to help support your wellbeing.
The exercise referral scheme can help in a number the following ways:
If you think the exercise referral scheme can help you, then get in touch with our Student Wellbeing team, to discuss your overall current situation and gain support from them, while also asking for details to refer through to the exercise referral scheme.
Neurodiverse (Autism, ADHD) periods at the gym – Every day between 8 and 9am the music will be turned down in the Stanley Matthews Sports Centre to allow for a more accommodating gym experience that some with Sensory needs may appreciate.
WRAP is an optional wellbeing programme to promote healthier universities. WRAP is currently available to paramedic students but is being systematically rolled out across the whole University, so should be coming to your department soon. Want to find out more ? Work, Relax and Play (WRAP) (office.com)
Walking/Jogging offers a leisurely way to achieve exercise goals, with walking good for reducing cortisol (stress hormone) levels. There are a number of routes that you can choose to walk or run.