New Year, New Goals!

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Happy New Year! It is now 2019, how crazy is that. Generally in the new year people make new years resolutions, some people stick to them and others simply don’t. I do usually make new years resolutions but find that I forget about them a couple weeks in. I actually wrote down my resolutions for 2018, and found them the other day in a random notebook. And surprisingly enough I think I completed 3 out of 5, which isn’t bad for me. However I do want to change the way I set my resolutions this year as they are usually so vague that I don’t know where to start or even if I have been able to do it. I think it is important for you to set goals, however they need to be achievable and realistic so there is a clear light at the end of the tunnel.

So my first resolution is to eat more plant based food, since becoming vegetarian at the end of 2018, a lot of the time I ended up buying meat alternatives that are all well and good but I have had a few cookbooks for birthday and Christmas with lots of great things to make, so I have no excuse that I didn’t know what to make. This will predominantly be in my evening meals but also at lunch times (to be more specific I am going to try and cut it down to 1 meat alternative meal a week whether that be sausages or chilli non carne), which follows onto my next resolution. I would like to cut down on my bread consumption, I have already done this massively as I don’t very often have sandwiches etc. But my goal is to have little to no bread, I would generally have toasted bagel for breakfast however I am going to change that and have more porridge and smoothies. Alongside this I hope to cut down my snacking on chocolate and biscuits, and if I am wanting to snack have dried fruits or nuts. These resolutions will also help me as a student as it makes it a bit cheaper buying fresh vegetables, rather than vegetarian alternatives.

On the fitness side of things I have signed up to the park runs that start at the sports centre across from my accommodation, and would like to try and do one, once a month. Running is not something I generally am very good at however I think is going to be a good way for me to get outside and also explore more of Ormskirk that I haven’t seen. Side note I am also currently signing up to a 5k run around the Aintree race course, which something I would have never thought about doing before. Furthermore I hope to continuously improve at the gym and aim to do exercise at least 4 times a week if not more.

Now if you know me at all I am really not a reader, I just really struggle to get into them. However one of my resolutions is going to be to try and complete a book every month or every 2 months depending on workload. Now this isn’t going to be a book for uni, it will just be a book for pleasure. I don’t know how this will go however it is a goal I am going to set and see how it goes.

I am going to try and keep track of these goals but also try and actually achieve at least a few. So Happy New Year everyone, try and make this the best one yet, persevere, do things you wouldn’t usually do, and stay positive.Screen-Shot-2018-12-27-at-19.11.04.png

Being a Part of a Society

As you are looking forward to starting your university adventure, I am sure you are wondering which societies are available and which ones you would want to join (or if you want to join any at all). In my first and second year I hadn’t joined a society, but had experienced going to socials such as the football social. Anyone is welcome to join nights out and meet new people… that is what is so great about societies and socials at Edge Hill!

Sports Teams

This year, I am currently playing basketball with the basketball society (Edge Hill Ducks!). Although I used to play GA in netball during high school, I can’t say Basketball is my forte. Going to training has made me appreciate how different these two sports actually are! However, everyone at basketball has made me welcome and part of the team. This shows you that you can join a sports team no matter how experienced you are… just go for it!!!

Create a society

You can find the list of Edge Hill’s current societies on their website. However if there’s
nothing that interests you, you have the option of creating your own society. Edge Hill Student Minds society is a great example and was created last year by a fellow primary education student. It is open to anyone struggling with their own mental health, wanting to support others, to learn more about mental health and helping to remove the stigma around it.  You can follow their page here.

If you have any questions about societies at Edge Hill, drop me a comment! If there is a specific society in particular, I will do my best to put you into contact with them.

EHU Women’s Rugby Union – They nearly beat the footballers at their own game!

Womans Rugby Union vs Football girls charity match


Sporting matches at Edge Hill are always fun and exciting. Competitions between rival universities always draw a crowd and we are proud to host some of the best games from rugby to volleyball. Sometimes, however, our games serve a different purpose.

On the 18th of April both the Women’s Rugby Union team and Football team took to the grassy pitches in support of the charity MIND. In memory of rugby coach Paul Reid the teams faced of in a day of fundraising and extraordinary sportsmanship.


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The match itself, set amongst the lush summer sun was a huge laugh. The rugby women, head to toe in fancy dress, took on the bibbed footballers. We also had the amazing Scott Avis, of mens rugby union, took the field as referee. I’d like to give him a big shoutout for spending the whole day in the sun without any sunscreen.

But there is a serious point to this blog. The sense of community within our sports teams I believe is unmatched. These ladies deserve a massive round of applause for their tireless work organizing this event for the benefit of the noble charity.


Image result for mind charityMIND UK, the charity at the heart of this day out, provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They serve the community in ways that often go unseen and this blog would not be complete without mentioning them. If you would like to find out more about the charity check out this.


In total both teams raised £172 through donations, raffles and a cake sale. The total raised has been donated to MIND. Jess of EHU WRU says ‘It was a great day out, we thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to thank everyone for taking part.’ With all said and done the rugby women were only one goal behind at 4-5. But the score wasn’t what the day was about was it.


If you want to find out more about Edge Hill  Womens Rugby Union then check out their facebook page here.

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Sport and Gym Facilities at Edge Hill University – Go Hard or Go Home

 


Edge Hill University sports a state of the art gym right on your doorstep on campus. This amazing facility built in 2015 was a 30 million pound expansion to the existing campus. Since then the campus has adopted this facility as the new home of fitness and sweat.

The facilities here are state of the art and the team looking after them are always looking for ways to help students and residents of the gym alike.


The gym itself consists of a range of exercise machines, ranging from weights to cardio and everything in between. Modern Techno-Gym machines link everything together and allow you to track all of your training activity and even watch TV or play Angry Birds if you want. The gym is modern, sleek and friendly.


 

The complex itself also sports a fresh 7 lane pool, with views onto the sports field and campus. This relaxing environment is a perfect way to chill out and even have some fun with friends. The pool also offers classes and lessons for those who are not as sure footed as they would like to be in the water. There are also water sports teams, such as triathlons and much much more.


Image result for steam roomThe pool also contains a health suite. A steam room and sauna provide a great way to relax after a workout or even a late night. It is worth checking out, although remember that at the movement you do need a membership to use the suite, it is not a pay as you go setup. The sauna and steam room are right by the pool so you can hop in and out.



 

If you want to find out more about Edge Hill Sport, including other activities, classes, facilitates and prices of the memberships you can check out their webpage here.

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!


 

Sports

With Christmas fast approaching and thoughts turning to how many pigs in blankets is an acceptable amount to eat? I thought I’d make my first ever post about…..sports!

Before coming to university my own physical activities were limited to walking the dog around the block. At 32, this lack of exercise was starting to show, although I still remained hopeful that Jurgen Klopp may be looking for a pot-bellied, slightly grey, inactive centre forward to spearhead his Liverpool attack.

During freshers week you get the opportunity to put your name down and join a whole variety of clubs and societies. I decided that I was going to try to take advantage of the wide range of sports clubs Edge Hill has on offer, and get involved in weekly sessions. The hardest part was choosing which sport to partake in with a whole host of clubs and teams to choose from; American football, badminton, cheerleading, cricket (indoor and outdoor), football, futsal, handball, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, trampolining, and volleyball.

I chose badminton as I’d played a bit back in school, although that was over 17 years ago! Before my first session I have to admit to feeling slightly nervous, ‘What if I’m no good?’…’What if I’m seen as too old?’…’What if everyone’s already in groups of friends?’…..In the end I left my session thinking ‘What was I worried about!?’…Firstly regardless of ability everyone is welcome whether you want to try out for the team or just play for fun. Not once have I ever felt too old and everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. It’s become a great opportunity to meet new people who may not be on your course. The camaraderie of being part of this club is just as important as becoming active for me. I’ve even managed to get myself onto the mens 4th team…I’m putting that on my CV!!!

So I can now have as many pigs in blankets as I like this Christmas as I know I’ll be doing more than just half heartedly walking the dog…and can someone let Jurgen know that I’m unavailable Wednesdays as I have badminton matches.

 

Joseph Harrison

Edge Hill University Mens 4th team badminton player

Keep On Movin’

Hey everyone!

This week we’re going to be talking about Edge Hill Sport, and the amazing events they have on offer for staff and students.

Edge Hill Sport organises all sport and leisure activities that take place on campus and there is always a lot of new, exciting things taking place!

The Edge Hill Sports Centre is located on Eastern Campus, near the car park – making it an extremely convenient spot!

Open to staff, students and the local community the Sports Centre is your one stop shop for all your health and exercise needs.


What Facilities Does the Sports Centre Have?

 

There is so much the Sports Centre has to offer you, from the gym to the swimming pool here is a quick rundown of some of the things you can enjoy, right at your doorstep:

-Swimming Pool
-Fitness Suite
-Exercise Studio
-Sports Hall
-Football Courts
-Athletics Track

And much much more!

Fancy a morning swim? No problem. Are you a coffee fanatic? Lucky for you there’s a Starbucks shop on the ground floor of the Sports Centre, so you can get your boost at any time.

Not to mention, Edge Hill Sport run a number of exercise classes through the week, including spin classes, dance classes and boxfit classes. I’ve gone to the yoga class a few times, it’s a lot of fun and a great way to relieve stress.


Membership Options

If you want to take advantage of any of the things Edge Hill Sport offers then you can purchase a membership online or at the Sports Centre.

There are some amazing things for you to take part in throughout the course of your time here at Edge Hill.

You don’t have to have a membership if you want to attend exercise classes (I pay for any yoga classes I go to on the same day, and it’s only around £3.50 per class.) Some facilities also work on a pay-as-you-go service, so you only pay when you want to use them.

Membership is cheaper for students though, so if you like to go swimming often, train at the gym or are an avid athletic fan it’s definitely worth looking into getting a membership.

You can find out more about Edge Hill Sport here.

Quote for the day: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” -Babe Ruth.

Keep on movin’ this week, until next time!

Becki 🙂

Last Minute Guide… Choosing the Right Course!

Oh how depressing that Christmas is over and there’s only a few days until the new year! This means it’s nearly the year of intense revision, exams and results- but boy is it worth it! Hopefully you’ve submitted your UCAS application, but if not and you’re unsure of what course to choose I’ve decided to help you out a bit…

I first found my course looking through the Edge Hill prospectus when I wasn’t 100% sure what degree I wanted to pursue. This page of the prospectus broke down the course into the main things I needed to know, such as what content was covered and what grades I needed amongst loads of other useful information. The prospectus is definitely worth a look as it has information on every course at Edge Hill, if you’d like a copy you can order one online, to do so please look here.

However if you can’t wait and want more information on the vast array of courses available look here on our website!

You should ensure that you’re happy with every aspect of your course, such as what you will be learning and also how it is assessed! The worst thing would be to choose a course that is mainly exams when you love coursework or the opposite way round!

My specific course involves exams, some in January and April, and also coursework, essays, portfolios, placements and presentations! Phew! It sounds a lot and honestly it can be overwhelming at times but when you manage your time effectively and organise yourself it isn’t bad!

If I could advise anything it would be to create a check list ranked on the most important aspects of a course for you. Therefore you can make an informed decision, and if you’re missing anything that you need to know you can reach out to us so we can help you!

Feel free to comment if you have anything you’d like to ask!

Now, best of luck and have a fantastic New Year!

The Brand New Sporting Edge…

As I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve checked out Edge Hill online or on any of our social media platforms, we have a brand new sporting edge, and I can promise it really is living up to all the expectations! Opened only a mere 5 weeks ago, it’s a lively hive for all things sport and fitness related, and I can assure it is even more impressive in real life than in the pictures.

For any info on prices, facilities and classes please check out the website here: SPORTING EDGE, but for today I thought I’d just share my thoughts and experiences on the all new and improved sporting edge…

During my first and second year, I got a gym membership at the Edge Hill Gym, and I found it was really good value and the facilities were great, so I can imagine they are even more amazing now! However being in 3rd year I was a bit unsure as to how much time I would have to hit the gym and therefore I didn’t renew. Additionally the new sporting edge initiative ‘Get Active Programme’ caught my eye and I decided I would give that a go instead. The programme puts on a range of activities each week for students to get involved in. They have everything from Jiu Jitsu, to Badminton for only £1 a week which I think is such amazing value! So far I’ve been to a few of the classes including Box Fit, Spinning and Abs Express and I thought they were so much fun, I am so pleased to see that the new sports centre are still thinking about student budgets and offering so much at such small prices! You can also sign up to the programme as an annual membership which is £30 to go to any of the sessions for free and to use the new pool, which again is amazing value and the facilities and quality of the classes are outstanding. I’ve been to the pool a few times since it has been opened and it really is great, and not too busy, and at £2 a session you really can’t go wrong.

I hope this gives you a little ideas of whats available on a small budget in the new sporting edge, obviously they have an amazing new fitness suite which you can check out on the website and a range of other classes on offer so definitely have a look there if you’re interested in what else they have to offer!

Edge Hill Sport

Entrance-1 Spinning-class
Before I came to university I don’t think i’d ever set foot in a gym in my life! I’d always been very into dancing, but when it came to sport and fitness I was useless! So one of the goals I had when I arrived at University was to join the gym, and with the university one being a short minute walk from my halls that seemed like the best option! I have now been a member here for a year and a half so I thought I’d let you in on a little insight of what its like…..

Fitness Suite
The fitness suite over looks the running track and offers a range of fitness equipment and machines. They also offer weekly 1- 1 personal trainer sessions, which is great if your new to the gym! You can also follow different fitness programme that are pre designed for you so you can get the most out of the gym!

Classes
This is where you’ll find me more often than not, I LOVE the classes here, they literally offer everything from Zumba, Abs Express and Circuits to Jungle Body and Boot Camps! My favourites are Yoga and Legs, Bums and Tums, the instructors are so nice and its such a fun way of getting fit!

Get Active Programme
The Get Active is our weekly social programme of recreational activities. There are a huge range of activities to choose from. It’s focused on providing a social environment, perfect for people who haven’t played for a while, complete beginners and people who’d like to add something different to their usual routine. Its only £1 per session so is amazing value and theres so many sports on offer!

And if all that isn’t enough were currently in phase 2 of a £30 million development to build a brand new state of the art indoor and outdoor sports complex! This will include top-of-the-range 3G football / rugby pitch, 6-a-side courts, hockey pitch and grass football pitches, as well as a 25-metre swimming pool and fitness suite incorporating the latest technology with 80 stations to exercise all parts of the body, an Aerobic studio and double sports hall to play badminton, basketball and squash courts!!