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9 JANUARY 2019 - KATIE - TIPS AND ADVICE

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It's that time of year again! Everyone is talking about joining the gym or new fitness regimes; whether it be to burn off some Christmas calories, get fit, gain strength or improve wellbeing. 

Exercise doesn't have to mean expensive gym memberships and paying a fortune for equipment. There are plenty of free or affordable workouts you can do to keep fit and improve your wellbeing during your time at university. 
 

SU sports

Our SU offers both competitive sport and social sport. Social sport only costs £1 per session for University of Suffolk staff and students. They have a great range to choose from, including pilates, yoga, badminton, HIIT, futsal, zumba and family swim, as well as lots more.

Sessions take place throughout the week, so take a look at the link above and try something new. You might find a new hobby or interest and meet lots of new people. Plus, fitness classes are a great form of motivation as you're all in it together.
 

Running

Why not try running? It's an affordable form of exercise and a great way to explore more of the county. If you're new to running, try the Couch to 5K programme. Once you're in your stride, take a look at local park runs, which are free to enter and take place on a weekly basis. 

If you feel like you need a challenge to help with motivation, why not sign up to a 5K or 10K run, or even the Great East Run. This will give you something to work towards and a sense of achievement when you accomplish it.

Keep track of your runs using Strava and see if you can beat your personal best. With apps like Strava, you can also see who else has run your route and their timings (which is great if you're a little bit competitive!). 
 

Walking

If running isn't your cup of tea, try going for walks. We're so lucky to be situated in a beautiful county teeming with pretty scenery. Give yourself half an hour a day or a few hours each week and change up your route so you get to explore more of the area. 

If you don't want to walk alone, find some friends to join you or take a look at local walking groups. It's a great way to get some fresh air and to make new friends. Ramblers has more information about local walks and walking groups.
 

Home workouts

In the digital world we live in, we have a plethora of fitness content at our fingertips. There are plenty of free fitness apps, like Nike Training, which recommends fitness videos and workouts depending on your goals. 

YouTube is a great resource, with beginners workouts, fitness tips, dance/zumba and yoga tutorials. Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) has loads of free workouts on his channel. You can choose from from beginner level and low-impact to HIIT and full body workouts. 

Just make sure you use a reputable channel and if you have any health concerns or conditions, talk to your doctor first. 

 

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it's something you enjoy. If you enjoy it, you're more likely to carry on with it! Leave your comments and recommendations below.

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