Wellbeing activities to get involved in

by | Mar 26, 2019 | Wellbeing | 0 comments

1. The Great Manchester Run 10k

Picture of people joining the purple waveThe Great Manchester Run on 19th May is the largest 10K in the UK consisting of around 25,000 participants each year. For the past 3 years, the University has hosted its very own purple wave. In 2019 we hope to create the biggest mass entry yet, so come and run, walk or jog with us and be part of the 3,000 strong #purplewave. You can sign up through the University Sports webpage. 

2. Walking 

Walking has been described as the perfect exercise and helps give you a healthy body and mind and you can also connect with new people and regular walkers. Various studies have shown that just 20 minutes of walking a day can have many health benefits.

Sign up with the MCRstrollers for their lunchtime walks. The MCRstrollers was set up in 2010 as a walking group for the health and wellbeing of staff, students and the local community, and are led by trained volunteers from the University of Manchester.  Their walks incorporate local green spaces, interesting local buildings, places of historical or horticultural interest, local charities and community projects to keep them varied and engaging. Their average walk lasts 45  minutes but they also have a number of 30 minute and 90 minutes walks.

Please email mcrstrollers@manchester.ac.uk and request to join their mailing list. 

3. Running 

Join the staff and student running group supervised by a Run England affiliated leader. These weekly sessions vary each week and cater for all abilities and include a monthly UMRUN (Run Commute and free breakfast) on the last Thursday of each month. You can join through the University Sports webpage

4.  Take a class

Sign up for a UoM class on Campus. The fitness classes and activities are suitable for exercisers of all abilities, from complete beginners to advanced.  You can pick from a wide range of different classes such as Cardio, Yoga, Pilates, Hula Hoop, Let’s Sing, Zumba and many more! The sessions are run as 8 week blocks and run all year round and you don’t even have to go to the sports centre – the session are run in the University Wellbeing Rooms which are very light, airy and private. You can find out more information about the sessions through the University Sports page. 

splashing in swimming pool5. Go for a splash 

The The Manchester Aquatics Centre offers a variety of swimming sessions for all abilities. You don’t have to sign up for a membership – you can just pay as you go. 



Whether you go for a walk or run, step outside, cycle, try a new sport or activity. Dance or play a game! what is important is to discover an activity you enjoy and that suits you. Being active makes you feel good!