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5 ways using the Residences Fitness Suite can help improve your mental health

There is no denying that University is an exciting and eventful place to be.  For most, it’ll be the first time moving out and starting a new journey. Starting your course, making friends and spending a lot of time socialising is all part of your adventure.

Amongst the excitement of it all and the rush of the new academic year, it is important that you take good care of your mental health. Studies show that 87% of first-year students find it difficult to balance their academic and social life. Feeling alone, keeping up with your essays and spending student loan wisely can sometimes prove to be difficult.

You aren’t alone. It’s important to remember that there are students across the country who feel exactly like you do, and you should know The University of Sheffield is offering its full support to all students. Whether you want to chat to a Residence Life Mentor, Nightline or Student Advice Centre there is also someone to help.

There are also a few things you can change in your daily routine that will help with your mental health and working out seems to be on the top of the list. Here are just 5 ways the Residence Fitness Suite can help improve your mental health at University.

Working out will distract you from daily worries  

You can more than often get overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to do at university. The reading lists, essays due and the pressure can amount to feeling stressed. Sticking your headphones in and working out even for 20 minutes will take your mind off everything and help you to reset your body clock - putting you in a better mood.

Scenic walk will help boost your mood

It is no secret that sometimes your room can feel stuffy. Spending hours on end in the same environment can get boring as well as stressful. Times like this is great for grabbing your gym bag and walking up to Ranmoor. Not only is the distance short, (which means you are less likely to get demotivated by the time you get there - we won’t judge if you do) but it’s also a pleasant leafy walk.

One would argue that part being a student is leaving your deadlines to the last minute and stressing yourself. Although it is a good idea to organise your workload, it is also not a crime to do your assignments last minute. This is exactly where the Residence Fitness Suite comes in handy. When you feel like you need a short break or just want to see other students but don’t want to do anything time consuming, just walk to the fitness suite. You will get a good 30 minutes away from your workstation and get some fresh air.

Turn up whenever you like

The Residences Fitness Suite is open 24 hours which means you can turn up whenever you want. It is common for you to feel motivated at weird times like say 3am. Because you are free to go whenever you like, this will make it easier for you to work out more often. It also just makes it easier on your schedule whether you are an early bird or a night owl- remember there is no right or wrong time to work out.

Work out with your flat/classmates

Working out with your friends can make it a more enjoyable experience. If you are not someone who usually works out it may be difficult to get into the swing of things. Organising group workouts or even having a workout buddy will motivate you more and just make the habit of working out easier. Turning your workouts to something social will make you look forward to it more- having a more positive impact on your mood.

Overall - just enjoy having a free fitness suite on your doorstep and make the most of it.

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https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/sep/07/its-time-for-universities-to-put-student-mental-health-first

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