Active blogs

Sport at Keele is all about discovery! We're going to be sharing a variety of sports and activity experiences with you, hopefully to help you discover more ways to get active and new ways get involved at Keele. If you'd like to share you experiences, please get in touch, n.parton@keele.ac.uk.

Experience shared by Steve De Cruz

Experience shared by Steve De Cruz

Computing Systems & Support Administrator – School of Computing and Mathematics

It’s a well-worn cliché that exercise is good for the mind, emotions and body. I have been a member of the gym at Keele for ten years, and I organise and participate in the twice weekly staff football game. If you see someone wandering round campus with a bag of bibs and footballs, chances are it’s me. And I can testify that it’s cliché for a good reason.

Mark's reflections

Mark's reflections

Double Down on Lockdown

I want to be of more use and am in awe and admiration of friends in the NHS or schools or supermarkets preparing for a coming storm. I pray more than usual at the moment. But athletics is what I do, so as far as I can I will keep doing it, taking things day by day like on training camp.

Dan Holland - Couch 2 5k

Dan Holland - Couch 2 5k

Student Dan, tells us how getting active has helped him during lockdown.

'Since the start of the third lockdown, I have been taking part in the NHS Couch to 5K running programme. Three times a week, I run and walk for 30 minutes, gradually increasing in intensity until I can run for 30 minutes or 5k. I’ve joined a virtual support group of other Keele students and staff which has been essential for me to make such good progress with the programme. On the days when I’m not running, I use a 7 minute workout app which leads me though a quick, high intensity exercise regime.

I get active because it not only helps my body to feel better, but my mind too. Since I started exercising regularly, my mood has been consistently better, I can focus on my work more easily, I sleep better at night and don’t feel as tired during the day.

It’s especially important to make the effort to be active during a lockdown, and not just because of the suspension of organised sports or the closure of gyms. We’re missing out on more physical activity than we realise by not commuting to the university, or travelling to meet with our friends. We must make up for it by putting more effort into it that we normally would. Exercise is a basic factor of health, just as eating and sleeping is; we don’t make excuses for missing out on them and we shouldn’t allow ourselves to miss out on physical activity. The long nights and cold weather make it especially difficult to do this at the moment, so we mustn’t be ashamed to ask for the help and encouragement of other people.'