Active Campus

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The Active Campus project is about creating a happier, healthier, and more active community of staff and students at the University of Northampton. We aim to create an environment where there are greater opportunities to be more active while on campus, and that these opportunities are inclusive, social and fun.

The University of Northampton is doing this through a range of initiatives, including supporting staff and student-led sport, exercise and physical activity groups. You can join in with any of the groups on campus, which are usually free (either through the Students Union, or our new Don’t Pay, Just Play scheme for staff). Alternatively, if you have a particular set of skills that are related to different sports or physical activities, you can sign up to lead or help lead one of these groups, for example, the weekly Wednesday walk or Thursday night badminton!

We are partnered with Trilogy Leisure, which offers discounted memberships to all students and staff at the University of Northampton; Cripps Recreation Centre has a gym and swimming pool facilities and is just a five minute walk from our Waterside Campus. If you’d prefer to combine exercise with your commute to university, we have lots of information on cycling and walking routes to help keep you fit.

At the University of Northampton, the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is very important to us. The Wellbeing Community brings together teams from across the University to support, improve and promote the wellbeing and physical and mental health of those living, studying and working here.

Aims of the Active Campus

The Active Campus project aims to get students and staff more active through five main initiatives:

  • Offering a range of more structured and organised sport and physical activities. For example, students can join the 5-a-side football that the Residential Life team organise or the wide range of free sport offered by the Students Union. Staff may consider the staff-led walking, running, or yoga classes that take place on campus that can fit in around the working day.
  • Promoting and supporting Active Transport. Making it easier to travel to and from campus with more active forms such as cycling, walking, running, or some other active or partially-active form of transport such as Voi-scooters.
  • Proving fun, casual, unstructured socialising and recreational activities on campus, such as the Ping! table tennis tables, table football, and lawn games such as badminton or boules.
  • Moving more around campus. By using psychological incentives and nudges to encourage walking around the campus, we hope to get you to be more active while you are onsite.
  • To host and promote regular or annual events, activities and initiatives that support a more active lifestyle such as the Waterside Parkrun, a Festival of Cycling, or an annual charity fundraising sporting event such as a colour run.
  • Student activities

    To find out more about student activities, see Students Union clubs and societies.

    Staff activities

    Monday
    • HIIT Online

    Time: 7:45 – 8:15am

    HIIT training stands for High Intensity Interval Training. This online class uses body weights only performed at high intensity in a short time period. No equipment needed.

    It is designed so that you can get the same workout results that you’d get over say a 30-40 minute workout, but in half the time.

    • Walk and stretch

    Time: 12:15 – 1pm

    Simple as that! The walking route is our Trim Trail on campus where the stations are used for basic stretches to ease tense the tension in muscles caused by working on computer or repetitive work tasks movements.

    • Deskercise online

    Time: 2:15 – 2:30pm

    A short stretching routine at your desk will force you to get up and reduce strain on your neck, arms and lower back.

    • Fitness Fusion Online

    Time: 4:15 – 5pm

    Combining Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. The class incorporates balance, strength, endurance and flexibility exercises merged through flowing and controlled movements. Improve posture and benefit from three types of workouts in one.

    Tuesday
    • Football

    Time: 12 – 1pm

    Please email Ana Mazuran if you are interested.

    • Fitness Fusion at the Development Hub

    Time: 12:15 – 1pm

    Combining Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. The class incorporates balance, strength, endurance and flexibility exercises merged through flowing and controlled movements. Improve posture and benefit from three types of workouts in one.

    • Circuits

    Time: 4 – 4:45pm

    Circuit training is a form of body conditioning that involves endurance training, resistance training, high-intensity aerobics, and exercises performed in a circuit. This class uses equipment to build strength and endurance and to challenge body weights exercises.

    • Bootyful®

    Time: 4:45 – 5:30pm

    Bootyful® is more than just a structured dance fitness class put into routines, it’s a completely unique conditioning class that focuses on a specific body area and posture, defines authentic programme moves and techniques, and it is the first dance fitness programme ever that includes pelvic floor exercises!

    The concept was inspired by pelvis movements used in African, Caribbean, Latin and Oriental dances supported with fitness principles and dance imagery for technique and performance method, and it is the first dance fitness programme that includes structured pelvic floor exercises.

    This open level high energy class will make your heart pump without high impact on your joints, challenge your muscles strength and pelvic floor awareness, increase hip mobility and body control while enjoying the beautiful rhythms of Africa.

    The programme is suitable for everyone!

    If you want to strengthen specific areas, get rhythmic improvements and body control skills or you just want to feel sexy and have fun! This is for you!

    Wednesday
    • Deskercise online

    Time: 8:45 – 9am

    A short stretching routine at your desk will force you to get up and reduce strain on your neck, arms and lower back.

    • Yoga

    Time: 12:15 – 1pm

    Improve your posture, clear your mind and gain strength and flexibility through our Yoga sessions. The sessions are open level with loads of adaptations for everyone’s needs!

    • Fitness Fusion at Innovation Centre

    Time: 4 – 4:45pm

    Combining Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. The class incorporates balance, strength, endurance and flexibility exercises merged through flowing and controlled movements. Improve posture and benefit from three types of workouts in one.

    • HIIT Online

    Time: 5:15 – 5:45pm

    HIIT training stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The class uses body weights exercises performed at high intensity in a short time period. It is designed so that you can get the same workout results that you’d get over say a 30-40-minute workout, but in half the time.

    Thursday
    • Pure stretch online

    Time: 7:45 – 8:15am

    This session is exactly that! Start your day with a good full body stretch!

    • Deskercise online

    Time: 11:15 – 11:30am

    A short stretching routine at your desk will force you to get up and reduce strain on your neck, arms and lower back.

    • Badminton

    Time: 12 – 1pm

    Please email Ana Mazuran if you are interested.

    • Fitness Fusion

    Time: 12:15 – 1pm

    Combining Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. The class incorporates balance, strength, endurance and flexibility exercises merged through flowing and controlled movements. Improve posture and benefit from three types of workouts in one.

    • HIIT

    Time: 4 – 4:30pm

    HIIT training stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The class uses body weights and equipment based exercises performed at high intensity in a short time period. It is designed so that you can get the same workout results that you’d get over say a 30-40 minute workout, but in half the time.

    • Reps and sets

    Time: 4:45 – 5:30pm

    This class is focused on big muscle groups and compound exercises (squats, chest press, shoulder press, rows, deadlifts etc) using low weights and high repetition.

    • Falun Gong

    Time: 5 – 6:15pm

    Falun Gong is an advanced practice of self-cultivation. It improves mental and physical wellbeing through 5 sets of meditative exercises.

    • Bootyful® online

    Time: 6:30 – 7:15pm

    Bootyful® is more than just a structured dance fitness class put into routines, it’s a completely unique conditioning class that focuses on a specific body area and posture, defines authentic programme moves and techniques, and it is the first dance fitness programme ever that includes pelvic floor exercises!

    The concept was inspired by pelvis movements used in African, Caribbean, Latin and Oriental dances supported with fitness principles and dance imagery for technique and performance method, and it is the first dance fitness programme that includes structured pelvic floor exercises.

    This open level high energy class will make your heart pump without high impact on your joints, challenge your muscles strength and pelvic floor awareness, increase hip mobility and body control while enjoying the beautiful rhythms of Africa.

    The programme is suitable for everyone!

    If you want to strengthen specific areas, get rhythmic improvements and body control skills or you just want to feel sexy and have fun! This is for you!

    Friday
    • Cardio Funk

    Time: 12:15 – 1pm

    Feeling funky? This class is for you! This aerobic workout is using a range of dance styles combined into fun, simple routines. Helps improve stamina, strength, agility and mobility.

    • Deskercise online

    Time: 2:15 – 2:30pm

    A short stretching routine at your desk will force you to get up and reduce strain on your neck, arms and lower back.

     

    To book a place, please see our booking link.

    You can play sports for free in our MUGAs (Multigame areas). To book MUGAs and arrange equipment, please email Ana Mazuran.

    See our Active Campus Facebook and Twitter to find out more.

  • Open to Staff and Students

    World Menopause Day
    18 October 2022
    • Yoga

    Time: 1:30 – 2:15pm

    To book a place, please see our booking link.

    UON Climb Shanghai Tower challenge
    UON Active Campus challenge - Can you climb the Shanghai Tower? (632 metres). Take the stairs to the first floor 158 times this month or use the Trim Trail route 4 times this month! Tell us about your experience through the QR code.

     

     

  • Are we less active than we used to be?

    Over the past fifty years, the gradual creep of technology into our lives has reduced the amount we move. In our day-to-day-lives, car use has replaced walking and cycling, lifts and escalators have replaced stair use, and technology has made domestic duties less physically demanding. Our economy has also changed, so that we are more likely to have a sedentary job as opposed to one consisting of physical labour. Even our leisure time has changed – with the rise of digital technologies, we are more likely to be found watching television or playing video games instead of taking part in sport, exercise and physical activity.

    Despite the many benefits of technology to the economy and increased variety in social time activities, an unwanted side effect has meant that as a population we are now less active in the UK than we were 50 years ago.

    Impact on inactivity on physical and mental health

    Unfortunately this lower level of activity is linked with poorer health. There are now greater levels or diagnoses of the following in the general population:

    • more people who are overweight or obese
    • higher levels of heart disease,
    • more reported incidence of high blood pressure,
    • more prescribed drug treatment for high cholesterol,
    • more type 2 diabetes,
    • a greater number of fractures related to osteoporosis,
    • greater diagnosis of certain cancers.

    In addition to the rise of physical problems, we have also seen an increase in reported mental health problems that can also be linked to lower levels of activity. Importantly these physiological and mental problems are not only occurring more often, but at an earlier age; this may be one of the reasons why in the last few years we have started to see a decline in life expectancy in the UK for the first time.

    Benefits of being active

    We know that being active and the socialisation effects of being active improves our mental wellbeing, resilience and ability to deal with stress. In addition, we know that being active has physiological and biochemical effects on the body. However, being active regularly and remaining active is a challenge for many people. The earlier we can encourage people to be active and keep them active, the more benefits they will have across a lifetime.

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