Keep Active

Keeping active is not only vital for your physical health but for your mental health too. Discover events and resources to boost your mood.

There is substantial research evidence that being physically active is beneficial for our mental health, by helping us feel good and function well.  We are more likely to be active if we find something we enjoy, it fits easily into our lifestyle, and we set ourselves goals to do it.

Ailsa Niven
Professor of Psychology of Physical Activity, The University of Edinburgh

Our workshops offer blocks of specialised sessions suitable for all levels and open to members and non-members.

Sport & Exercise offers a range of courses for students and non-students during the year

Whether you want to need help and guidance for your fitness journey, train for an event or simply struggle with the commitment of a long term plan exercise programme, personal training could be the answer.

As part of Scottish Running Week 2024 we asked members of the University community to share their favourite 5km running route.

During Semester 2 and the summer of 2024 we are trialling a range of staff-only exercise classes

Lace up your trainers and take on the New Year with our FREE 10-week couch to 5k programme! It is designed for beginners and teaches techniques to help grow your confidence and stamina.

Get social and active with our friendly and fun social jogging sessions!

University of Edinburgh staff and students are invited to come along for a feel-good social bike ride to boost your well-being, mood and fit in some fun physical exercise!

The just play sport sessions are open to all our University students and staff of all abilities and are an opportunity to try a new sport, get active and make new friends.

University of Edinburgh staff and students are invited to come along for a lunchtime Feel Good walk to help boost your mood.

Take your first step into our world-class gym facility.

Join us for one of our Yoga & Mindfulness retreats this year either in November 2023 or February 2024.

Kings Camps are coming back to the Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym this April

Find out more about how being physically active can benefit your mental health and wellbeing.

We recognise that not everyone is on campus full-time. Therefore, we have created a bank of online resources to help you build movement into your daily life even when working or studying from home, as we know the benefits of moving more, more often each day.

Helpful advice and support from other health and wellbeing services