Sport & Exercise

March on in March

Evidence shows there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. We’re encouraging our whole community to #MarchOnInMarch and try some of these steps. You may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most out of life. 

 The five steps are
1. Connect 4. Give to others
2. Be active 5. Take notice
3. Keep Learning  

 The Five Ways to Wellbeing 

Free gym access weekend for University students and staff

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To mark University Mental Health Day we're offering free entry to UoE students and staff at both the Pleasance and Easter Bush Gym.

Climbing taster sessions

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Come along to try out our awesome climbing facilities at the Pleasance Sports Centre for University Mental Health Day. You'll get to try some bouldering, top-roping and auto-belays.

FREE activities on University Mental Health Day

In celebration of University Mental Health Day on Thursday 14 March, we are inviting University of Edinburgh students and staff to participate in various free activities to promote well-being through physical activity.

Photo competition

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Enter our #MarchOnInMarch photo competition.

Other ways to #MarchOnInMarch and fulfil the five ways of wellbeing:

Opportunities to be active and connect

Outdoor Bootcamp at  Peffermill - 5 weeks, starting Tuesday 5 March

  • Enjoy the fresh air and sign up for a one-of-a-kind workout. The bootcamps are a fun mixture of circuit training, HIIT, sport-style drills and bodyweight exercises. They run for 5 weeks with 2 sessions a week and are open to everybody!
  • Outdoor bootcamps

March Self Defence workshop - 5 weeks, starting Monday 4 March

  • Improve your confidence and fitness by learning practical self-defence based on real-life situations. 
  • Self Defence 

March Learn to lift workshops - 5 weeks, starting Sunday 10 March

  • Weight training can be one of the most powerful tools in your workout locker.  It has a host of health benefits (increased bone density, protective effects against osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiac disease) and also promotes a feeling of strength and confidence.
  • We offer both a women's only and open to everybody series
  • Learn to lift workshops​​

Active Wellbeing Colour Run - Wednesday 20 March

  • Are you ready for an explosion of colour? Run or walk with us through a vibrant rainbow explosion of coloured paint powder, whilst having lots of fun alongside other students and staff from both The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.
  • Active Wellbeing Colour Run

Just Play Sport Sessions - available throughout March

  • Just play sport sessions are open to all our University students and staff of all abilities and are an opportunity to try a new sport, get active and make new friends.
  • Just Play sport sessions

Feel Good Walks - available throughout March

  • University of Edinburgh staff and students are invited to come along for a lunchtime Feel Good walk to help boost your mood.
  • Feel Good Walks

Social Runs - available throughout March

  • Get social and active with our friendly and fun social jogging sessions!
  • Social Runs

Welcome Walk Rounds - available throughout March

  • Take your first step into our world-class gym facility with our Pleasance Gym tours
  • Welcome Walk Rounds

Other ways to get active

Opportunities to take notice and keep learning

Yoga workshops -  5 weeks, starting Tuesday 5 March

  • Our yoga workshops are suitable for all levels and those looking to improve their yoga skills. You can choose from Hatha or Vinyasa Flow Yoga, both are delivered by our very own Yoga practitioner June Underwood.

  • Yoga workshops

The University’s 39th Annual Dance Performance

  • This year’s performance will showcase over 20 different styles of dance performed by the University's dance societies, groups and sports clubs at the Pleasance Theatre. 

  • Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March from 7:30pm 

  • Dance Performance

Opportunities to give to others

Friday 8 March - International Women's Day

  • On Friday 8 March, with the rest of the University of Edinburgh sporting community, we'll be showing our support for International Women's Day

  • Find out how you can help #EmbraceEquity at

Thursday 14 March - Challenge 24

  • Unite with your University community and take part in the Brit 24 challenge in aid of the British Inspirational Trust and SAMH, Scotland's national mental health charity.
  • On Thursday 9 March, University Mental Health Day, we’re inviting students, staff and the wider community to join us and take part in our “Challenge 24” campaign.
  • You could be active for 24 minutes, complete 24 exercises, be active at 24 minutes past the hour, be active with 24 friends and be active 24 times in one day, the possibilities are endless.
  • Challenge 24

Other opportunities to give to others in March