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May 24, 2023, by Lucy Cooper

Exploring sports facilities at UoN: keeping fit and fighting exam stress

Exams are upon us and, while we wait for summer to begin, those of us with them are committed to a life in the library, or at home, tackling the mammoth task of revision for end of year exams. It’s a well known fact that taking regular breaks is vital for exam revision, as well as keeping a healthy and active lifestyle. Luckily, UoN has amazing sports facilities available to students, which can be a real asset when exam season arrives.

Join a class

All UoN sports centres have a multitude of classes available at a wide range of times to suit all students. Joining a fitness class is a great way to do some physical activity, especially if you’re a little lost in the gym or are looking to try something new. Trying out a new activity with an instructor can be less daunting, and group exercise is a great way to keep you engaged. Another positive aspect of fitness classes is that they are at a certain time of day – if you’re anything like me and struggle to motivate yourself to leave your room and go to the gym, this can be really useful to keep you accountable and active during exam season.

£2 student sport sessions

If you’re not already a member of UoN Sport but you’re looking to destress this exam season, gym, health suite and swim sessions are now being offered at off-peak times for £2 for students until the end of exam season. This is a great opportunity to try out UoN’s facilities without signing up to a full membership.

Lime e-bikes

Lime e-bikes have arrived in Nottingham and there are various areas on campus where you can find them. They offer a cheap and quick mode of transport, but also a fun way to get out and about to take a break from revision. Nottingham students are entitled to a 50% discount off the use of the bikes, making it all the more appealing.

Making campus your gym

We are incredibly lucky to study on such a well looked after campus and there are plenty of places available to go on a run, a walk or a cycle. The lake is one of my favourite places to do this, and, if you hop across the road, Wollaton Park offers a large open space (and another lake!) to explore too.

It’s really important to make positive routines for yourself over exam season, and hopefully this list has given you some ideas if you’re looking to try something new. Trying out a new fitness class or sport can be daunting, so bring along a friend, they will help to keep you accountable and make it more enjoyable!

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