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Physical Wellbeing

Having good physical health is a key part of our overall well-being. 

You can improve your physical health by doing the following:

There are many benefits to cutting down on how much you drink you could loose weight, have more energy and sleep better. The more you drink, the higher your risk of serious health problems – especially if you drink a lot regularly. This includes heart and liver disease, certain cancers, brain damage and strokes. 

For advice and support on drinking less follow the links below:

Just like recreational drugs alcohol can also be a source of additction if you think you have a more serious problem with alcohol consider the support and advice below: 

Recreational drugs are chemical substances taken for enjoyment, or leisure purposes, rather than for medical reasons. Taking recreational drugs can lead to addiction and to health and social problems. If you, or someone you know has a problem with drugs look through some of our advice and support links below: 

(Please note: the taking of and/or possession of illegal drugs at work can be classed as gross misconduct)

Eating well is important to maintaing good physical health. Advice and support in this area is available through the links below:

To stay healthy the NHS recommend that Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity per week. This can be done in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.  

Queen Mary offers a range of different ways to help you keep active:

Cycle group - Mailing list and group for students and staff who cycle at QMUL, email Martin to be added to the list: The group offers events, group social rides and advice.  

Cycle to work scheme - Government reward scheme  to assist in the purchase of a new bike

Get Active - Organised by the Student Union but also open to staff, Get Active offers you the chance to try a new sport or carry on with something you have played before in a fun, social, affordable and relaxed environment. 

Running club - (see photo below) Meeting at Mile End, the running club is for beginners and experienced runners alike offering a short run (5k) and longer run (up to 10k) every Wednesday lunch time. For more informatin please email Paul: 

Qmotion - Our onsite gym at Mile End and Charterhouse square provides discounted staff membership from £17 per month including use of equipment and classes 

Photo credit: Graham Davis, Veteran of the running club

Extra advice and resources include:

BBC - What exericise should I be taking? (from the Trust me I am a doctor series)

Better gyms* have a range of swimming pools (25-50m) in the local area including Mile End, Stratford (Olympic pool, London aquatics), Bethnal Green and London fields (Lido)

Guardian - 10 ways of exercising without really trying

Mile End climbing wall- a great climbing wall just a short walk up the canal

Mile End park - why not go for a walk during your lunch break? There is also a free weight (and free to use) gym on the north side of Mile End park

My fitness pal -71 ways to exercise more

NHS - Includes the couch to 5k programme and podcasts Live well/excercise 

One YouMove more

*Offer discount if you have an NUS card


Sleeping well and getting enough rest is often overlooked when it comes to physical health however it is very important. For advice and support on sleeping well have a look at the links below:

 Take the Latency Test to see if you are sleep deprived: 

Your sexual health is an important part of your physical and emotional well-being. If you need any further support and advice have a look at the links below:

Ambrose King Centre (AKC) - Sexual health clinic where you can book and appointment. The Royal London Hospital, Mount Terrace, Whitechapel E1 2BB. Tel: 020 7377 7306/7307 Email: Opening hours : 

  • Monday 9am – 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 9am – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 – 6.30pm
  • Thursday 9am – 6.30pm
  • Friday 9am – 4pm
  • Saturday 9am – 12.30

FPA - National sexual health charity

NHSSexual Health

One youSexual Health

Positive East - HIV charity 

Sylvia Pankhurst Centre -  Sexual health clinic where you can book and appointment. Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road E1 4DG. Tel: 020 7377 7870 Open: Friday 1.15 – 4.15pm 

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Even after 20 minutes there are already short term benefits to giving up: 

Here is some further information to help you quit:


Inforgraphic taken from Macmillian Cancer Support 

The easiest way to see whether you have a health weight is to calculate your BMI. However BMI calculations do come with limitations such as the calculation does not include muscle mass. 

Another way of measuring your weight can be to take a measurement around your waist.

If you would like to loose weight consider the following:

Eating well


Joining a weight loss group  - Queen Mary's Wolfson Institute run free weight management groups during the semester for staff and students but you could also consider paid groups such as weight watchers, slimming world and lighter life etc. 

Further resources:


NHS - Healthy weight

One youWatching your weight 

Have a look at the Mental Well-being section of this website for more informaton and support. 

QMotion can be found in Godward Square on Mile End campus.

With a range of different memberships, there is one to suit everyone's schedule and budget. Not only do memberships come with full access to the gym, they also throw in a personal 6 week programme with one of the Personal Trainers and unlimited access to the class timetable.

Further information can be found on the Students' Union website.

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