“Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a priority. Your future self will thank you for it!”, Lauren Woods urges.

Keeping fit and active during the university years is not just about physical health, it’s about maintaining your overall well-being.

For Lauren, a dedicated nursing student at the University of Derby, cycling classes have become a cornerstone of her weekly routine. “Staying active has been crucial for me.”

She added, “It’s not just about looking good; it’s about feeling good, both mentally and physically.”

Finding time for self-care can be challenging, especially at the University. However, Lauren discovered that merging cycling classes into her schedule provided the perfect solution.

“Our cycling classes offer a high-intensity workout in a fun and supportive environment. It’s a great way to relieve stress and boost my mood, especially during busy placement periods”, she explains.

Beyond the physical benefits, spin classes have also had a large impact on Lauren’s mental well-being. “Exercise has always been my outlet for managing stress and anxiety,” she reveals.

“The rush I get from spin classes helps me stay focused and energised, both in my studies and in my daily life”, she emphasises.

A group of Rower's in Derby.
A river in Derby, with a group of Rowers. Image taken by Josh Ward.

Participating in spin classes has not only improved Lauren’s fitness levels but has also provided her with an easier chance to meet new people. “I go to my spin classes with my coursemates, meeting up twice a week has definitely brought us closer”, she says.

“We motivate and support each other, pushing ourselves to reach new goals in spin and the University”, she added.

For Lauren, the benefits of exercise will be something she takes away post-graduation. Explaining that “exercise has become an integral part of my lifestyle,” she says. “It’s not just a hobby; it’s something I am committed too, and something I will continue doing.”

As she comes to the end of her time at the University of Derby, Lauren encourages newer students to embrace the importance of exercise and self-care. “Taking care of your body is essential for academic success and overall happiness,” she advises.