Staying fit and active in Leeds

I personally wish I could outsource my exercise but the thought of getting strong enough to pummel my younger brother (yes, he’s freakishly strong) into submission keeps me going. Although life at university is rather hectic, there are ways you can keep fit without your wallet taking a hit.

Second year Aishwarya tells us more.

Your daily 60

Try getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity in a day. It could be walking/biking to uni, mini-workouts, hikes or chasing after your dog who keeps trying to run away. Additionally, walking back with your weekly supply of groceries counts as weight training.

I am a good boy. I can help you exercise.


If you live elsewhere, no need to fret, you can easily avail loads of gym memberships for cheap with your student discount. Most gyms even offer free one day or one-week trials which I urge you to use and see which gym you want to hand over your money to. Some popular gyms near university are PureGym (£10 for the first month and then £20/month), The Gym (£15/month without any joining fees) and JD (£10 for the first month and then 20/month).

Students are using the machines in The Edge

Room Workouts

Pro tip: try scheduling your workout when your flat-mates aren’t there so that you don’t end up sweating on them.

Exercise in your room, your garden, yard or park

GOGA (Get Out, Get Active)

These trips are a great way to meet new people and sometimes befriend a goat or two on the way. The price for tickets are also much cheaper than the amount you’d shell out if you organize it yourself and is a fantastic opportunity to explore new places without breaking the bank. The primary means of transportation on all these trips are coaches and cost around £10-£13. Yoga sessions cost £4, climbing sessions costs £6 (covers the cost of loaning climbing equipment) and running sessions are free of charge! Students can also sign up to be volunteers for these trips.

Get out get active — and explore the local area, meet new people and exercise

What’s on at the LUU

Dance class!

Sports clubs and societies

In summary, the internet is packed full of actionable advice and workout tips and there’s something for everyone at the University of Leeds to improve fitness.

Remember to have fun on your fitness journey and don’t feel guilty if you sometimes end up with an empty ice cream carton and a dirty spoon.



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