Boost Your Mood

Keeping active is not only vital for your physical health but can boost your mood, making you happier and healthier, and is one of the five steps that evidence shows we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. We're encouraging our whole community to get active and try some of the other steps too.

The five ways to wellbeing
1. Connect

4. Give to others

2. Be active 5. Take notice
3. Keep learning  
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Get Active and Boost your mood

30-day University of Edinburgh student gym, class, swim and 30-day climb memberships

Our 30-day student gym, class, swim and a 30-day climbing membership for University of Edinburgh students are now available. 

Further information about our membership options

Mental Health Awareness Week 13 – 19th May

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the Sport & Exercise Active Lives team, in partnership with the Wellbeing Service are offering vibrant and fun opportunities for students and staff to be active across the University campus.

Boccia at Bristo Square

Tuesday 14 May | 12pm - 1pm

To help celebrate the power of movement for better mental health, join us for some welcoming, fun, and free Boccia in Bristo Square.

Boccia is target sport played indoors with soft leather balls. It is a sport of intriguing tactics, incredible skill and nail biting tension

No booking is required however please note, depending on numbers on the day, participants may not get a full hour of game time if the session if busy.

Please meet our team at Bristo Square.

Pickleball at Bristo Square

Tuesday 14 May | 12pm - 1pm

To help celebrate the power of movement for better mental health, join us for some welcoming, fun, and free Pickleball in Bristo Square.

​Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the world.  It is a central net, rebound game played with a ball and paddle (like a hard racket) 

No booking is required however please note, depending on numbers on the day participants may not get a full hour of game time. 

Please meet our team at Bristo Square.

Birdsong Walk at Blackford Hill

Wednesday 15 May | 9:30am - 10:45am

To help celebrate the power of movement for better mental health, join us for a welcoming and fun Birdsong Walk at Blackford Hill.

During the walk you will be given the opportunity to observe the local birdsongs along the route whilst learning more about the birds from experienced walk leaders.  

No booking is required, however please note that the walk will involve a moderate climb and at times the terrain will be uneven and potentially muddy. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring binoculars if you have them. Refreshments will be available on our return to Murchison House. The walk will not go ahead if it is raining or very windy.

Please meet our team outside Murchiston House on King’s Buildings campus

Mile in the Meadows Wellbeing Walk

Thursday 16 May | 1:30pm - 2pm

Walking outside in the fresh air can do wonders for our wellbeing. To help celebrate the power of movement for better mental health, join us for a welcoming and fun wellbeing walk in The Meadows. The walk will last around 30 minutes.

No booking is required. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring a waterproof jacket in case it rains.

Please Meet outside the main entrance to UoE Library, George Square

Firbush Courses 

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May 2024 

Paddle Sport Skills, RYA Start Windsurfing, RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 1 or RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 2.

Are you looking to develop skills in new a sport or progress from your current level in a chosen area? Join us for our skills course weekend in May and choose the course that suits you! The courses will run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and are full board with accommodation in the main building. You will have access to our drying room and bar area. All the courses are delivered by our qualified instructors and may include some theoretical sessions in the evenings.

Find out more about the courses at Firbush