Xinci Koh, MPhil Technology Policy student, tells us about the importance of attending gym sessions

Sports are generally viewed as a way to stay healthy and in shape. They can teach discipline, self-confidence, and teamwork.

The importance of sport goes beyond that. Studies have demonstrated that exercise increases blood flow to the brain and helps the body build more connections between nerves, leading to increased concentration, enhanced memory, stimulated creativity, and better-developed problem solving skills. In short, sport helps your brain grow and work better.

As a student it is easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Classes are challenging and you sometimes wonder if you have enough energy to get through the whole day.

Xinci says: "I needed something that would help me get into a routine and give me the necessary strength to face a busy schedule.

When I heard about the gym sessions I decided to give it a try. I’d never had proper strength training before so I was worried I would not be able to get to the end of a session.

Well, I was wrong! Whether you are a weight lifter or a complete beginner, the classes are structured to suit all. They are fun and encouraging. The atmosphere is very chilled and the instructor is super-friendly, qualified and experienced. 

I always feel very energetic when I finish and that gives me just the right kick to study, attend lectures and deal with everything else I have to do during the day."

Sports can really help you to relax more and worry less, improve concentration, deal better with setbacks and increase your energy.

Want to give it a try? The gym sessions will be back next term!

UGs and PGs welcome. Classes are every Tuesday morning at the Sports Centre, 8.30-9.30.

For more information, ask your tutor.