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Durham University

Organisation Development

Be Active

Being physically ACTIVE is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by raising your self-esteem and causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood.

You can now exercise in gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools ensuring you follow the organisation's guidelines.

The Fitness Centre at our Sports and Wellbeing Park has reopened with procedures in place to comply with government guidelines. Classes are offered for all fitness levels and the instructors will adapt any workout or exercise to help you keep moving.

“By looking after your own mental and physical wellbeing it will help to reduce the risk of you picking up any illnesses or unwanted issues. It will also increase hormone profiles which will make you feel better about yourself and reduce the feelings of tiredness, lethargy and boredom. Continuing to improve health and well-being will improve many health markers such as heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate, by doing this your body is in a stronger position to fight away infection and remain healthy in the fight against Covid-19.”

Daniel Boulton, Durham University Fitness Centre Supervisor

Being Active doesn’t mean you have to take part in an exercise class or go for a walk/run. Physical activity is defined as movement carried out by the skeletal muscles and requires energy.

Activities you could do;

  • DIY
  • Cleaning
  • Washing the car
  • Gardening
  • Cutting the grass.

This will help us improve our NEAT (Non exercise activity thermogenesis) which is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. This is really important for general health, weight management, mental state etc.

Alternatively, why not involve the whole family with Being Active. This could be with a family workout, walk, run or a scavenger hunt in the house or garden for any children in the household. Create your own scavenger hunt or click here for some examples.

Information and advice for colleagues can be found on our Covid-19 response page.