Published on January 29, 2014 | by Emma Francis

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Get fit with UAL sport

Girl plays rugby in a park

Rugby is just one of UAL’s 16 sport societies [Bethe Dabbs]

Has your New Year’s resolution already become a distant memory? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

Joining a gym always seems like a good idea at the time, but memberships can be costly and although you think it will give you the motivation you need to put down the biscuits and put on your trainers, you might have found that the novelty soon wears off and you find yourself giving away £25+ a month as if the gym needs your charity.

One of the best ways to get fit is through team sport, and because it’s fun, you don’t even realise you’re exercising.

Did you know that UAL has 16 sports societies that run throughout the week? You may be thinking football is not really your thing, but perhaps table tennis is.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, the climbing society could be suited to you.

But if the thought of all those heights and all that dirt makes you squeamish then why not try out UAL’s very own pole dance fitness?

Those of a competitive character may find netball is a good combination of fun and real competition, and for the more hardbodied, why not try rugby?

Benefits

Andrew Pickup plays for the university’s rugby team, and told Arts London News: “I chose to join the team because of my love of the sport. It benefits me by keeping me fit and active. It’s also a great way for me to meet people and make friends.”

UAL also have a snow society for powder lovers complete annual ski and snowboarding trips.

You can also sign up to basketball, badminton, cheerleading, cricket club, futsal (like football, but indoors and five-a-side), hockey, surf, tennis, volleyball and, finally, ultimate frisbee (it is a real sport, honest).

There are also social benefits to team sports; Netball joint-president Laura Williams says: “The best bit about playing a sport at UAL, is that you meet so many different people from all different colleges, courses and years that you would never have had the chance to meet otherwise, and you become really close friends. It definitely adds a whole new aspect to your social life as teammates meet regularly with the whole of UAL Sports for nights out and trips away.”

Opportunity 

Girl plays netball for UAL

Playing a sport allows you to meet new people [Tom Setterfield]

UAL Sport President, Adam Bloomfield adds: “Sport also gives you an opportunity to clear your head. If you’re struggling with deadlines or creativity, an hour or so a week of exercise will give you an endorphin boost that can really re-energise you, which is especially good during the dark, cold winter months.”

“No one ever keeps their New Year’s resolutions of joining the gym or dieting for long, but if you’re playing sport with your mates you’re far more likely to keep up good habits,” Bloomfield adds.

If the idea of turning up to a training session one evening is a little daunting, then why not take a friend along?

“It doesn’t matter what standard you are; if you’re a complete beginner, or have played competitively in the past, there is a place for everyone,” says Williams.

So don’t despair if you only managed to get to the gym on New Year’s Day and spent the rest of January on the sofa eating Hobnobs because it’s not too late.

Cancel that membership and get moving.

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