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Recreational sport and active lifestyle activities

Free activities on offer every day of the week...

...plus monthly challenges

As an alternative to, or as well as, joining a Kingston University sports club, why not take advantage of our active lifestyles programme?

We have activities for each day of the week, plus a new challenge each month.

We also have some fitness challenges to take part in before the start of the new academic year.

All activities are available to students and/or staff at Kingston University. Please note that some activities on the programme are run by external clubs and these may not be free. However, they will always offer a discounted student rate.

If possible please bring your own racket to the tennis and badminton sessions. We have a limited number of spare ones.

Would you like to start a new activity but feel you need someone to accompany you initially? If so then maybe the u GO i GO initiative could help. The u GO i GO initiative is a short term stepping stone for helping people access activities at the University. We can provide a fellow student to accompany you for the first couple of weeks/sessions, to provide that little bit of extra support and confidence in trying out a new activity or joining a new club. Just contact your Sport and Active Lifestyle team on 020 8417 2412/13 or via studenthub.kingston.ac.uk. All recreational sports activities are listed as events on KU Extra.

See what sports are available on:

Monday

Mind the Gap

As part of our uGOiGO scheme we are offering a FREE virtual session called 'MIND THE GAP' to help students take steps towards starting a new activity.

The title of the sessions, "Mind The Gap", was created by Michael – a highly experienced yoga and meditation teacher, to give people a memorable phrase that they could use for general mindfulness sessions to help them in their everyday lives. For example, the gap between feeling and thinking, thinking and doing, breathing and releasing.

In the sessions, students will receive simple but effective breathing and relaxation techniques to help with anxiety, depression and general well-being. There are easy-to-follow guided visualisation exercises and gentle and reassuring guidance for achieving a more peaceful state of mind in a relaxed and safe environment.

Participants do not have to have their camera switched on if they so wish. Whatever works and whatever is comfortable is the most important thing. Michael is also open to Q&A after each session if people want to ask questions or share their thoughts, and all emails will be answered within 24 hours.

The sessions will not require any special equipment, just a quiet place where you can join in and enjoy the time. Students can join at any time during the term.

  • Time: 11am–12noon
  • Location: Virtual platform on Teams
  • Dates: Provides ongoing support over the winter break and into 2021

To sign up and join the session please email: Michael@yogahara.com

Dance barre classes

Barre sessions are a fusion of ballet technique and positions, the precision of Pilates, the alignment of yoga and the strength of Sports Conditioning. If you would like to get involved, please email Jo at J.Heath@kingston.ac.uk to register interest.

A new class will be on offer each week to keep you motivated.

The classes are pre-recorded each week and sent with a link that lasts seven days so that you can do it at any time, on any day and as many times as you like until the next class is available.

Classes are now £7 for students and staff. Ongoing classes throughout the winter break and into 2021.

Triathlon

If you would like to become involved in triathlon whilst at Kingston University we recommend joining Kingfisher Triathletes. The club is very friendly and welcoming and is open to all ages (18+) and abilities including complete beginners. Swim training takes place on a Monday evening at Kingfisher Leisure Centre (five minutes walk from the centre of Kingston) and on Wednesday evenings at Hampton Open Air Pool. Run training is at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track every Tuesday evening. There is a coached cycle session every Thursday and a long social club ride every Sunday morning. The club has full and PAYG member options, with a student discount, and members can attend as many or as few session as they choose. The club also organises several beginners courses during the year. To find out more and attend a free trial session, check out the club's site and then contact them directly.

Touch tennis – Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11am–12pm
  • Location: The courtyard area outside the John Galsworthy building.
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Boccia

  • Time: 1.30–2.30pm
  • Location: Bedelsford School, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QZ (located between the Penrhyn Road and Knights Park campuses)
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Boccia is a game similar to bowls. It is played from a seated position to allow for participants using wheelchairs. It is inclusive and open to all Kingston University students, either with a disability or not. Participants do not need any previous experience.

This is a free recreational session for all to enjoy. It is led by Jayson Shetty who is a Kingston University and Bedelsford School alumnus.

Recreational Netball

  • Time: 6–7pm
  • Location: Tolworth Sports Ground – hardcourt area
  • Dates: Every Monday starting 26 April until 24 May 2021 (no session on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021).

This session is free and for all those students wanting to play netball in a friendly sociable setting. Beginners most welcome.

Organised Walk

  • Time: 7.00-8.00pm
  • Location: Meet at the Fitness Centre reception at Penrhyn Road site.
  • Dates: Every Monday starting 26 April until 24 May 2021 (no session on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021).

This is an organised walking activity and lead by one of our student Sports Activators. Routes will include walks along the river and in Richmond Park. Numbers are limited due to COVID safe rules and so you must book your place with Abdallah by contacting him via email: abdallahysf91@gmail.com

Abs and pads

  • Time: 7.15–8.15pm
  • Location: Fairfields Park
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

This class is free for members of the More Energy Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road campus and £5 for guests. Contact personal trainer Simon Bent for more details at coach.king.fitness@gmail.com or on Instagram – @coach_kings.

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Tuesday

Table tennis

  • Time: 10–11.30am
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road 
  • Dates: TBC

Free sessions. There are additional tables at Kingston Hill campus (outside Kingston Business School), Clayhill halls of residence and Roehampton Vale campus for all to use. Look out for information on termly table tennis tournaments.

Recreational Volleyball

  • Time: 6–8pm
  • Location: Tiffin School (Queen Elizabeth Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL)
  • Dates: 18 May, 25 May and 1 June.

This session is free and for all those students wanting to play volleyball in a friendly sociable setting. Beginners most welcome. Please book in by emailing Zino Wagner as numbers are limited due to being in Tier 2.

Social Netball League

  • Time: 6.30–9.30pm 
  • Location: Tiffin Girls School KT2 5PL
  • Dates: Starts back 11 May 2021, ongoing.

Run by GOMAMMOTH

For more details email hello@gomammoth.co.uk or visit the Go Mammoth site.

You don't have to be great to start but you do need to start to be great.

Women's Fitness Class

  • Time: 7–8pm
  • Location: Fitness centre, Penrhyn Rd
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

This is a free class as part of the "This Girl Can" campaign. Learn self defence, relieve stress, have fun and meet new people.

5-A-SIDE Football League

  • Time: 8–9.30pm
  • Location: Tolworth Sports ground
  • Dates: Every Tuesday, starting 27 April until 25 May 2021.

Team entry is free. Simply get a team together and turn up in plenty of time to register with the sports activator. fill in the registration form. For more information, and to book, please contact Abdallah on abdallahysf91@gmail.com 

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Wednesday

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11am–12 noon
  • Location: Tennis courts at Kingston Hill
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice

Simply join our join our sports activator for a kick, game of badminton, tennis or volleyball as you are passing. Just pick up a racket or ball and join in. If there is no activator on site then please go to the Yorkon building to sign out the sports equipment for your own use. Plan to meet friends at this time for regular recreational fun and maybe warm up by running the Fitness Trail located around the Kingston Hill campus grounds.

Box Fit

  • Time: 12 noon–1pm
  • Location: Fairfields Park
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

This class is free for members of the More Energy Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road campus and £5 for guests. Contact personal trainer, Simon Bent for more details at coach.king.fitness@gmail.com or on Instagram – @coach_kings.

Strength Defence – female only

  • Time: 2–3pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre Studio, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Free sessions as part of the ongoing 'This Girl Can' campaign to encourage more girls to take part in physical activity. Studio windows will be covered and the sessions are for women only, led by qualified female instructor.

Running Club

  • Time: 2–4pm (mixed ability group, from beginners to advanced) 
  • Location: Meet outside the Fitness Centre (Penrhyn Road) to run with a group
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Simply turn up at the Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Rd ready to join the running group. Members of the athletics club lead the group.

Kick Fit

This is a free class for KU students and staff as part of 'This Girl Can' campaign for women only. It is a great workout and stress buster. Contact Yaasmeen the instructor for more details: yaasmeen_muhammad@outlook.com or on Instagram - @IAMF_T

  • Time: 7–8pm
  • Location: Online Zoom platform 
  • Dates: 13 January to 17 February 2021

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Thursday

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11am–1pm
  • Location: John Galsworthy Courtyard, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Simply join our sports activator for a kick around, game of badminton, tennis or volleyball as you are passing. Just pick up a racket or ball and join in. Or, you could plan to meet at this time for regular recreational fun.

Table Tennis

  • Time: 2–3pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Back to Netball

  • Time: 7–8pm
  • Location: Raynes Park School, London SW20 0JL
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

Contact Leigh Martin to confirm dates and more details or visit the Back to Netball site. Back to Netball sessions are running across England and provide women of all ages with a gentle re-introduction to the sport. Run by passionate and enthusiastic coaches, sessions cover the basics of the game including passing, footwork and shooting. Sessions finish with a friendly game to put the your skills into practice.

Tennis

Kingston University students and staff can book free tennis courts at Tolworth Court sports ground between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Courts must be booked in advance by calling First Response on 020 8417 7523 or by email.

Courts are also now open at Kingston Hill campus. The gates will be open for students and staff to simply turn up and play.

Following the latest LTA update, outdoor tennis courts can remain open for individual exercise, and for people to use with others within your household, support bubble, or with one person from another household. One-to-one coaching outdoors is therefore also permitted.

Organised Running Session

  • Time: 7–7.45pm for beginners
  • Location: Meet outside the Fitness Centre (Penrhyn Road) to run with a group
  • Dates: Every Thursday from 29 April until 27 May 2021.

Simply turn up at the Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road ready to join the running group. This is an organised running activity and lead by one of our student Sports Activators. Routes will include runs along the river and in Richmond Park. Numbers are limited due to COVID safe rules and so you must book your place with Abdallah by contacting him via email: abdallahysf91@gmail.com

Please note that more advanced runners can join the running club sessions at Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre KT1 3PB on Monday and Wednesday 7–9pm. Prior to arriving it is required that participants acquire their free ticket via this link.

Burn and Build

  • Time: 7–8pm
  • Location: Fairfields Park or via Zoom when on lockdown.
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice

This is a free class. A great workout and stress buster. Also available on zoom. contact Yaasmeen the instructor for more details: yaasmeen_muhammad@outlook.com or on Instagram – @IAMF_T.

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Friday

Pop Up Sport

  • Time: 11am–12 noon
  • Location: Tennis Courts at Kingston Hill
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice

Simply join our sports activator for a kick around, game of badminton, tennis or volleyball as you are passing. Just pick up a racket or ball and join in. If there is no activator on site then please go to the Yorkon building to sign out the sports equipment for your own use. You could plan to meet friends at this time for regular recreational fun and maybe warm up by running the Fitness Traillocated around the Kingston Hill campus grounds.

Big Read Fitness Trail

  • Time: Any time
  • Location: Fitness Trail at Kingston Hill campus – start at Station 6 of Fitness Trail outside the halls
  • Dates: Ongoing.

Just turn up ready to either walk, jog or run around the Fitness Trail. A great place to organise a walking book club (for two people at social distance) to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some forest bathing and exercise at the same time.

Abs Blast

  • Time: 11.15am–12.15pm
  • Location: Fairfields Park
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

This class is free for members of the More Energy Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road campus and £5 for guests. Contact personal trainer, Simon Bent for more details at coach.king.fitness@gmail.com or on Instagram – @coach_kings.

Badminton

  • Time: 5.30–7.30pm
  • Location: Kingston College, The Arena
  • Dates: 21 May, 28 May and 4 June

Come along to this FREE recreational session, ready to play, led by a Level 2 qualified coach. All welcome. We encourage you to bring your own racket if possible.

Clubbersize

  • Time: 7–7.45pm
  • Location: Online live Zoom class 
  • Dates: 8 January to 28 May 2021.

This is the closest thing to going to a club that you are likely to find at the moment. This is for everyone and the emphasis is on enjoying yourself through movement. The instructor will guide you through the moves and get you throwing some shapes to a club sound track. Please book in by emailing Jasmine and to receive the Zoom link.

Bodybalance

  • Time: 6–6.45pm
  • Location: Online live Zoom class 
  • Dates: 8 January to 28 May 2021.

Bodybalance is a unique workout which incorporates Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to help improve flexibility, build strength and leave you feeling relaxed and calm. You will carry out a series of stretches, poses and moves to create a holistic workout that brings the body and mind into a state of harmony. Please book in by emailing Jasmine and to receive the Zoom link.

Basketball

  • Time: 8–9pm
  • Location: Tiffin School (Queen Elizabeth Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL)
  • Dates: 21 May, 28 May, 4 June 2021.

Come along to this free recreational session, ready to play, led by a Level 2 qualified coach. All welcome. Please book in by emailing Dan as numbers are restricted due to being in Tier 2.

Saturday

Table tennis

  • Time: 2–3pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road 
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

There are additional tables at Kingston Hill campus (outside Kingston Business School), Clayhill halls of residence and Roehampton Vale campus for all to use.

Stretch Strength and Core

  • Time: 10–10.45am
  • Location: Online via Zoom platform
  • Dates: Ongoing until end of December 2020

This is a free class. Improves flexibility and core strength. Contact Yaasmeen the instructor for more details yaasmeen_muhammad@outlook.com or on Instagram - @IAMF_T.

Sunday

Table tennis

  • Time: 10.15–11.15am and 1.15–2.15pm
  • Location: Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road
  • Dates: Cancelled until further notice.

There are additional tables at Kingston Hill campus (outside Kingston Business School), Clayhill halls of residence and Roehampton Vale campus for all to use.

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For more information about all of the active lifestyles activities above please contact Jo Heath by email j.heath@kingston.ac.uk or call 020 8417 2412.

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Additional challenges for any day of the week

Njinga Cycling

Offers training for riders looking to improve their cycling. Our wattbike lab, just on the Kingston Bridge, offers wattbike classes seven days a week. Yoga and strength & conditioning classes for cyclists are also available. Find our schedule on the Njinga app or visit our site.

All new customers entitled to our new customer offer of two classes for £14.

  • Ongoing pay as you go student rates are: £9 per class (Adult classes normally £17).
  • Our unlimited monthly wattbike student package is £60 (50% off adult prices). To include yoga and strength & conditioning for cyclists add £15 per month.
  • There are no admin or membership fees.
  • We also run a referral scheme.

Golf

  • Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, Richmond
    £550 membership deal for Kingston students and staff which includes: no joining fee, full seven-day membership, includes unlimited play year-round. Contact James Cooper, hamptoncourtpalace-sales@crown-golf.co.uk
  • Strawberry Hill Golf Club, Twickenham
    Four free beginner group lessons and free club hire. Balls cost £5.
  • Sunbury Golf Centre, Shepperton
    Seven-day free trial of up to four one-hour group lessons, range and use of the course at off-peak times. Free club hire.
  • Sandown Park Golf Club, Esher
    Two free beginner group lessons and free club hire. Balls cost £6 per session.
  • World of Golf, New Malden
    Six free beginner group lessons and free club hire. Balls cost £5 per session.
  • London Scottish membership
    Also available is a fantastic student golf membership offer from London Scottish (near Wimbledon Common) for only £288 for the year. This will entitle any bona fide student to play seven days a week all year round and enter all competitions to gain an official handicap. This would normally cost £902 for the year! For more information and booking about all golfing activities please contact Jo Heath by email j.heath@kingston.ac.uk  or call 020 8417 2412.
  • Plogging
    The new Swedish fitness craze that combines exercise and eco-friendly activity.
    Simply pop into see the Sport and Active Lifestyle team in Grove House, Penrhyn Road to pick up gloves and a bag and away you go.
    The idea is to combine your walk, jog or run with picking up plastic along the way.
    Return your recycling to us and we will log your activity.
    Prizes for those clocking up the most runs throughout the term and those collecting the most plastic.
  • Fitness Trail
    Location: Kingston Hill campus
    Why not schedule a walk, jog or run around our Trim Trail at Kingston Hill.
    Follow the blue signs to the next exercise station and follow the instructions for a great workout in the great outdoors.

Squash

  • Location: Surbiton Squash Club, Berrylands
  • When: Monday to Friday 8am–5pm
  • Booking: Students can book into this private club on production of Kingston University student card and a court is approx £5 per hour during off peak hours. To book a court call 020 8399 1594 on the day and state you are a Kingston University student.

More active lifestyles

  • Go karting at Sandown Park: discounts available if students book online.
  • Laser Quest at Sutton: Two games for £5.95 weekdays and two games for £7.95 at weekends for Kingston University students.
  • Ten-pin bowling (The Rotunda Kingston): Student discounts available Monday to Friday until 6pm. Two games of bowling for £5 or unlimited bowling for £7.49. To book call 0871 221 0000.

*Cancelled until further notice*

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Final fitness challenges before the start of the new academic year

11 exercises. 11 weeks. For a more-flexible you.

  • 11 July to 22 October.

The challenge is to complete 11 stretch exercises on a daily basis for 11 weeks. Tick off each day on your calendar to have a visual reminder that you are achieving your goals.

Take a note of how flexible you are at the start of this challenge compared with how you feel at the end of the 11 weeks.

If you can, try and complete these exercises first thing in the morning to help your muscles perform better for the day ahead. You will increase the flow of blood and improve circulation to all areas of the body which in turn will give you an increased range of movement and improve your flexibility.

Perform each stretch for at least 20 to 30 seconds before moving onto the next one.

Please let us know if you are taking up this challenge as we would like to support you along the way and keep you motivated.

Register your interest by emailing Jo Heath.

22 miles. 12 weeks. One life-changing challenge.

  • 22 July to 22 October.

For our final challenge before the start of the next academic year we have decided to attempt to swim the English Channel.

This challenge has been set up by Diabetes UK and you can sign up for the challenge here.

Whether you want to start regular exercise, lose weight or simply reignite your love of swimming, Swim22 is a fantastic way of getting fit.

With three distances to choose from, you can take the challenge at your own pace, in your own local pool, open water facilities or lido over three months, individually or as part of a team.

  • 11 miles: 'The Half' – half the distance to France, an impressive feat.
  • 22 miles: 'The Full' - the distance of the English Channel, our most popular choice.
  • 44 miles: 'The Double' – to France and back, for the more adventurous.

Whichever distance you choose, there's no better feeling than diving into a challenge you'll love knowing each length you complete will lead to a healthier you.

You may choose to complete the challenge in your own time without signing up to Diabetes UK or maybe want to raise funds for another charity.

Why not try out Hampton Open Air Pool (heated), Richmond's Pools on the Park, Shepperton Open Water facilities or The Haven Open Water facility in Feltham to complete your challenge?

Let us know if you are taking up the challenge as we would love to know how you get on and offer support and motivation.

Register your interest by emailing Jo Heath.

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Monthly challenge: June 2021

100 Club in June

If we offered you membership to a club that was completely free of charge, all-inclusive and promised to improve your mental and physical health... would you want to join? If your answer was yes, welcome to the 100 Club. The Sport and Active Lifestyle team invite you to sign up for the 100 club during the month of June. By signing up you pledge to complete a physical challenge that you can complete 100 times within the month of June.

Inspired by Captain Tom and his 100 laps of his garden, here are some suggestions:

  • swim 100 lengths of your local pool
  • complete 100 keepy-uppy's of a football
  • cycle 100 miles
  • get 100 tiddly winks into a cup
  • complete 100 skips with a skipping rope
  • 100 push ups
  • complete 100 minutes of facial yoga
  • walk, jog, run, wheelchair your way around your local park 100 times
  • knit 100 items
  • score 100 basketball hoops
  • complete 100 squats in a row
  • throw 100 bullseyes on a dart board.

Whatever challenge you set yourself for the month of June we guarantee it will give you a sense of achievement and will be a welcome distraction from the stresses of everyday life.

Sign up to the 100 club by emailing Jo Heath and let us know what challenge you will be doing.

Why not increase the feel-good factor and do your challenge to help others.

Find about more about the Captain Tom Crowdfunder here.

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Monthly challenge: May 2021

For May's monthly challenge we would like to focus again on one all-inclusive challenge and one more physical challenge.

Challenge One: My Happy Face

This challenge is all-inclusive and can be done seated, with no need for any special equipment or sports clothing. For this challenge we are focusing on the muscles in your face. Like any muscles in the body, the facial muscles will benefit from movement. There are over 50 different muscles in your face and unlike the rest of the body, a lot of these muscles are rarely used. By carrying out regular facial exercises, you promote the circulation of blood to the different areas of the face, thus replenishing the oxygen supply in the muscles and the skin. Our challenge is the 21-day face yoga challenge. There are no prizes for this challenge but we think the benefits are reason enough to take part. It will lift and firm up the muscles under your skin – think natural face lift. It will smooth lines and wrinkles. It will boost circulation. It will improve lymphatic drainage. It will release tension.

Day 1: 21 Day Face Yoga Challenge with Eva

Take your selfie before you start! It's best to track your progress with before and after photos. I'll post a little video soon about the resting poses. Simply follow Eva's very clear instructions on day one and continue with links on Youtube that take you through 21 days of exercises.

Let us know if you are taking up the challenge and joining us on 1 May by emailing Jo Heath. She can then send you links to the youtube videos you'll be following.

You may want to take a selfie at the beginning of the challenge and another at the end to see if you can see the difference. We don't expect you to send those selfies in but it would be great to hear if you found your happy face!

Challange Two: the 30-day yoga challange

This challenge is a physical one but still suitable for complete beginners to yoga. If you are injury free with no issues that may affect doing exercise then why not give this a go. Yoga has many benefits for your physical health and your mental health, such as: improving your posture and strengthening your core; increasing your flexibility; boosting your metabolism; improving your circulation; and easing stress and reducing tension.

Day 1 - Ease Into It - 30 Days of Yoga

Join Adriene on Day 1 of The 30 Days of Yoga journey! Ease into your 30 day experience with an open mind, kindness and curiosity. Use this DAY 1 practice to take stock, check in with the body and mind. Begin the practice of slowing down, noticing, stretching and moving with ease. Commit to 30 days of breathing deep and listening. Simply follow Adriene's clear instructions on day one and then continue to follow her links for the full 30-day experience. 

Let us know if you are taking up the challenge and joining us on 1 May by emailing Jo Heath. She can then send you links to the youtube videos you'll be following.

If you are worried about any health issues before starting this challenge then again please email Jo Heath for advice.

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Monthly challenge: April 2021

The Sport and Active Lifestyle team are taking time out from their more physical monthly challenges by offering some all -inclusive 'tension release techniques' to support you during these 'challenging' times during the month of April.

April is 'Stress Awareness Month' and there are ways to alleviate the tension held in the body and mind without moving a muscle.

These sessions are FREE to all KU students and staff and are offered as pre-records, so that you can tap into them without any pressure of being on a virtual platform.

Recorded links will go up on MyKingston, KUExtra and Staffspace every Monday during the month of April with different 'tension releasing techniques' that you can take away and practice throughout each week.

These sessions are fully inclusive of all abilities and mobility and can all be done in the seated position, fully-clothed and comfortable. There is no need for any equipment or any previous experience.

The sessions are led by our highly-experienced mindful meditation teacher, Michael McFadden. Michael will guide you through the techniques to help you release tension, reduce your stress levels and any anxiety you may be feeling.

If you find that you would like to explore more techniques, in more depth, after giving these sessions a go then we welcome you to join Michael's FREE 'Mind The Gap' sessions that run every Monday from 11am-12noon on the Teams platform. More information on this can be found on the sports page of our website.

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Monthly challenge: March 2021

Skip into Spring: the Sport and Active Lifestyle Team invite you to join their March challenge

Whether you want to skip for the pure joy of it, like Michael McIntyre, or get serious like Anthony Joshua, we have the challenge for you.

Challenge One: the 'Just for Fun' Michael McIntyre skipping challenge

  • Register your interest by emailing Jo Heath.
  • Start your challenge on 1 March 2021.
  • Go outside every day in March for your daily walk.
  • Your challenge is to break into a skip during that walk for at least 30 seconds.
  • Mark each day that you complete the skip challenge until 31 March 2021.
  • Check in with Jo Heath at the end of March if you complete all 31 days.

We guarantee this challenge will put a smile on your face every time you do it.

You may feel a little shy to break into a skip. Maybe you'll need to walk further than your usual route to find a quiet place to complete it. This will add to your challenge, increase your exercise levels and give your mind something to focus on other than work commitments.

Challenge Two: The Anthony/Adams skipping challenge

  • Register your interest by emailing Jo Heath.
  • Find yourself a skipping rope – there are plenty to choose from online or you could use decking rope from a hardware store at 20p per metre.
  • Download a FREE step counter App such as ‘StepsApp Pedometer'.
  • Start your challenge on 1 March 2021.
  • Follow the challenge timetable (link below) each day until 30 March 2021.
  • Send your screenshot results to Jo Heath at the end of each week.

This challenge will improve your heart health due to the cardio nature of the skipping exercise. It will increase heart rate, increase concentration, improve coordination, increase stamina, combat fatigue, increase body flexibility, boost mental health and strengthens your bones.

It could also increase your bank balance by £100 if you are a KU student taking part. All those students completing the challenge will be entered into the draw for the prize money.

All KU Staff completing this challenge will be winning in life!

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Monthly challenge: February 2021

Love Is All Around – February walking challenge

The weather may be 'Wet Wet Wet' out there but that doesn't stop us finding 'Love Actually' in our local surroundings. February's challenge is to get outdoors every day and take a photo of a heart shape that has been formed by nature. This could be in the branches of trees, moss on brickwork, clouds in the sky or a shape of a puddle.

Valentine's day is around the corner and the Sport and Active Lifestyle team would like to encourage you to keep your hearts healthy by taking up this challenge. Go on a long walk, jog, run or out in your wheelchair and get your pulse racing whilst searching for love (heart shapes) in your local area. Physical activity and focusing the mind on something other than work will bring a welcome relief from stress and anxiety. Really connecting with nature is so good for our mental health and wellbeing and so the more you can 'soak' up, even on rainy days, the better you will feel. Be kind to yourself and share the love by signing up to this challenge and passing it on to a friend to do the same.

This is open to all KU students and staff and the local community. There will be a cash prize for KU students only. This will be awarded to the student who completes the challenge with the most heart shape entries during February. If you would like to take part in this challenge please register your interest with the Sport and Active Lifestyle team by emailing Jo Heath 

The challenge starts on Monday 1 February and finishes on Sunday 28 February 2021.

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Monthly challenge: January 2021

Take the 'Out Out' Challenge

For everybody, every day in January.

We are all in this together and would like to invite everybody to come ‘out out' with us in January.

Starting on the 1 January, set yourself a goal to get ‘out out' in the fresh air every day in January, no matter what the weather.

Join us by...

  • going ‘out out' for as long as you like every day, whether that is 5 minutes or 5 hours
  • going ‘out out' as far as you like every day, whether that is 5 metres or 5 miles
  • going ‘out out' how you like every day, whether by foot, wheelchair, running or cycling.

If you would like to take up this challenge and be in with a chance to win a cash prize please register your interest with the Sport and Active lifestyle team by emailing Jo Heath.

To win the cash prize, submit a daily photo throughout January to show us that you are ‘out out' doing your thing. We will record all those who complete the challenge and enter them into the draw. The winner will be announced on Friday 4 February 2021.

You might want to go a step further and also sign up for R.E.D. January – the charity event run by ‘Sport in Mind', the mental health charity that use sport to empower and improve lives. You could be doing this challenge and raising money to help others beat the January Blues whilst getting active yourself every day.

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