The Big Sport, Exercise and Health Quiz


You know that point in the day where the presents have been exchanged, the turkey has been eaten and everyone’s a bit sleepy? We’ve got the perfect between-meals quiz that everyone will enjoy!

You will need: 

– A quiz master!
– A pen and paper for each participant 

1) The Bristol Run Series is back for 2022! We’ll be proud enough completing the 10k but how quickly did Eliud Kipchoge run the world’s fastest marathon?

A)  1hr 58mins

B) 2hr 1min

C) 2hr 16sec

2) One of our BUCS highlights has been watching University of Bristol Water polo compete in the university pool. Which musician is a former member of a national water polo team?

A)  Adele

B)  Justin Bieber

C)  Sean Paul

3) This year we had the pleasure of supporting member of our Alumni competing in the Olympic and Paralympic games, including competitive sailor; Hannah Mills. Alongside Hannah, which other Olympian carried the flag for team GB at the 2021 opening ceremony?

A) Mohamed Sbihi

B) Matty Lee

C) Adam Peaty

4) We welcomed lots of new members into our gym this September. In what year did Franz Nachtegall of Denmark establish what is believed to be the world’s first gym?

A) 1651

B) 1922

C) 1799

5) One of our welcome highlights was the very messy #WeAreBristol Colour Run. What is believed to be the first colour that a baby sees?

A) Red

B) Blue

C) Pink

6) University of Bristol Spartans have been smashing it this year! What’s the diameter of a basketball hoop in inches 

A) 18

B) 28

C) 17

7) We wouldn’t be University of Bristol Sport without.. well… the University of Bristol, but how old is the university? 

A) 111

B) 146

C) 98

8) Both our women and men’s football teams have had some great performances in BUCS this term! But which PROFESSIONAL footballer has scored the most goals in World Cup history? 

A)  Ronaldo

B) Gerd Muller

C) Miroslav Klose

9) We offer a range of yoga classes and they are quickly becoming some of our most popular sessions. The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit language but what does it mean? 

A) Union

B) Breath

C) Flow

10) At Sports, Exercise and Health we are used to complicated, very serious sports terminology. In which sport could someone be found at silly point?

A) Darts

B) Cricket

C) Roundnet



  1. B
  2. C
  3. A
  4. C
  5. A
  6. A
  7. B
  8. C
  9. A
  10. B

How did you do in our quiz? Let us know @bristolunisport

Keep an eye out for our Winter Warmer offer starting 11 December which offers anytime access to the gym, swimming pool and classes for just £20 for two weeks! Available to buy online from 11 December. Last use date 22 January 2022. 







Gift Ideas for fitness fanatics

December is upon us and so is the festive season. If you are yet to complete your Christmas shopping or if you just want to bank some future present ideas, here is the ultimate guide to sporty gift-giving.

For the tech-obsessed 

If you are looking for an extra-special Christmas present this year, there’s more exciting fitness-tech on the market then ever before! A fitness tracker can be a great all-rounder and there is one suitable for most budgets. Even the low-cost options can sync with your phone to track specific goals, monitor heart rate, activity levels and even sleep.

We like: Fitbit Charge 4 fitness tracker

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For the minimalists

This Christmas we are trying to limit those present that sit in their gift bags long into the new year. If you are looking to buy something that’s a little different, an experience voucher can be the perfect gift . Why not treat someone to a climbing session at an Indoor climbing centre, a stand-up paddle board tour of the Harbour or a guided walking tour. If you get a voucher for two, they’ll have to bring you too!

We like: Stand Up Paddleboard Harbour Adventure 

For a stocking filler

It’s a fact that no one ever has enough socks, so stock up someone’s stash this winter. Pick up some padded running ones or maybe their favourite footy team’s. If you are aiming for a sustainable festive period, try bamboo socks!

We like: OddBalls socks 

For your Secret Santa (we won’t tell them!)

If you are trying to find that perfect £5 and under gist for a friend or colleague here are some of our favourite options;

  • Sport recovery bath salts
  • A selection of wacky protein bars/balls/powders for them to try out
  • A new mug or some fresh coffee if their fuel of choice is caffeine
  • A funky, personalised water bottle

We like: Dr. Salts Recovery Bath Salts

For the beginners

If you know someone just getting into fitness or sport, a few essentials will be much appreciated! With lots of us choosing to continue working out from home, compact equipment is the perfect present; think dumbbells, resistance bands and skipping ropes.

We like: Opti Dumbell Tree Set

For the fashion-conscious

There’s nothing like a new pair of leggings or fresh trainers to get motivated and moving. The huge range of sports-wear on offer at the moment can be a bit daunting, if you aren’t so clued up on their sport-style why not treat them to a voucher!

We like: BAM Bamboo Sportswear

For the one who likes to stretch 

We all know that person who’s recently got into yoga and is still practicing on their kitchen floor; upgrade them this year with a new yoga mat or yoga blocks. Many fitness classes (including ours!) require people to bring their own mats so grab a mat with a handy holder! We’ve been seeing some very funky mats in our facilities recently and might be sneaking a new one onto our wishlist too!

We like: Yoga Matters starter kit

Woman stood on yoga mat doing an upward arm stretch

For the footy fans

Have a family member who is obsessed by a certain team/sport/club? You can’t go wrong with a themed present, pick out a vintage print or perhaps some merch ready for game day!

We like: Football stadium prints 

For the one who rides bikes

Go for something practical for those who are always on the roads. This could be anything from a flask for long rides, a tube-free repair kit or for ultimate embarrassment; comedy bike lights.

We like: Thermos flask

Side-on shot of a man riding a bike on the road

Some things on our wishlists at Sport, Exercise and Health..

  • A high-vis top for cycling home on dark evenings!
  • Some sustainable active wear to get motivated in January!
  • Some new tennis balls that haven’t been chewed by the dog
  • An ab roller for a quick lunch-break workout
  • New hiking boots for winter walks
  • Candles and bath bubbles for post run recovery

What’s on your wishlist this year? Let us know down below or get in touch via Instagram @bristolunisport

Keep an eye out for our Winter Warmer offer starting 11 December which offers anytime access to the gym, swimming pool and classes for just £20 for two weeks! Available to buy online from 11 December. Last use date 22 January 2022. 


5 ways to stay motivated during the colder months


It may be getting colder and darker, but moving for your physical and mental wellbeing is just as important as other times of the year – if not even more important! Today we are sharing some of our top tips for staying motivated, safe and well during the winter months.

We will also be giving you a sneak preview of some of the things we’ll be doing to stay active over at University of Bristol Sport.

 1) Exercise with friends

Getting out and moving may seem less appealing at the moment, but meeting a friend will make sure you stick to your plans and boost motivation for your workout too. It’s a great excuse to temporarily escape those Christmas family commitments and boost endorphins in the process.

Making plans with others can also make you more adventurous and can give you the confidence to try new things and push yourself further.

Winter bucket-list: Why not suggest a wintery walk or festive fitness class to try with a friend.

 2) Layer up to stay warm

Exercising outside can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and will give you that all important variation to your workout. However, keeping warm whilst outside is key to making sure your workout is both safe and enjoyable.

Layers are really important, use the rule of three here; base layer, middle layer and top layer. The base layer will be key to keeping warmer for longer, it should fit snug to your body but still be breathable. The middle layer is the insulator and will work with the base layer to keep you snug, a light fleece is perfect. A top layer is there to keep you protected from wind and rain and remember; brighter the top layer, the safer you’ll be on darker evenings.

Winter bucket-list: Get layered up and find an outdoor boot camp or class to get the benefit of that fresh winter air.

An image of Clifton Suspension Bridge

3) Mix it up

It’s important to recognise when you’re stuck in a rut and to know when to mix it up. Trying something new, whether that’s a new activity or a new place to exercise or a new sport; making small changes can make a big difference.

Winter bucketlist: Try at least 3 new classes throughout December, this will give you a chance to find a new addition to your routine before the new year!

Image of a woman in a seated yoga pose with palms touching

4) Workout from home

It can be a very busy time of year for those who celebrate Christmas. If your day-to-day is starting to look a little different but you still want to fit active time into your day, home workouts can be a really convenient option. Don’t worry if you don’t have any home equipment, many workouts using just your body weight can be just as challenging and enjoyable, or you can use household items like a kitchen chair or even books!

Winter bucketlist: Join one of the @bristoluniactive live-streamed classes and try something new from the comfort of your own home.

5) Be kind to yourself

Our routines can look different at this time of year and that is okay. Whether you train for performance, to improve particular skills or just to feel good, take some time this season to rest and recover too. Whilst the festive season can be exciting and fun, it can also be overwhelming and stressful too. If you do need some additional support this winter, you can contact the university’s wellbeing team

Some other things on our team’s winter bucket list…

  • To go ice skating and try and stay on two feet for more than 5 minutes..
  • A long winter walk at Ashton Court followed by a hot chocolate
  • A 10km Christmas Eve run to blow off some steam!
  • To take some old friends climbing for a Christmas catch-up (followed by some mulled wine)
  • To practice 10 minutes of yoga every day during December

Keep an eye out for our Winter Warmer offer starting 11 December which offers anytime access to the gym, swimming pool and classes for just £20 for two weeks! Available to buy online from 11 December. Last use date 22 January 2022. 

An interview with ManSquared

This week we caught up with the team behind ManSquared, a project developing mental fitness tools to help facilitate open and vulnerable conversations between men.

A group photo of Finn, Anna, Rachel and Jamie sat on a wall
Left to right: Finn Higgins, Anna Parker, Rachel Lee and Jamie Thomson

Hello! Why don’t you introduce yourself?

We’re a group of four University of Bristol students all studying innovation, passionate about male mental fitness having seen the impact it has had on ourselves, our friends, families and communities.
Anna is a wild swimmer, keen rugby player and studies psychology.
Finn is a history student who loves football and the outdoors.
Jamie can’t get enough of his electronic music and loves spending time on his bike.
Rachel is captain of the Bristol Jets Pom team and enjoys being creative in her free time.

Can you tell us a bit more about the project?
Throughout our third-year innovation studies, we formed a group based around solving the issue of poor male mental health. This issue is prevalent in Bristol, with fellow students struggling with mental health issues and finding it hard to start the conversation about their wellbeing.

29% of students experience mental health disorders at some point in their degree and COVID-19 massively exacerbated this issue. As a team we researched existing organisations, tools and groups and try to find out what has been effective in improving men’s mental fitness.

We use the term mental fitness as keeping your brain and emotional health in shape is as important as any other muscle. We gained a lot of insight from TalkClub: a men’s fitness charity that helps men to open up and build their mental fitness by simply asking “How are you out of 10?”. Their founder Ben provided us with support and guidance on how to form an organisation within Bristol and how to ask the right questions.

Our mission is to create a world where men talk openly with each other before they reach a point of crisis by using our facilitation tools. We aim to act as a preventative solution which addresses issues before they get really serious.

What’s the story behind the name?

I’ve spotted some pretty cool cups in Harry’s Bar at Coombe Dingle, what’s their purpose?
The aim for the cups is to get men to speak more openly about their mental health and emotions as this is traditionally a topic that they sweep under the rug. We want to change this. The idea is for students to work through the questions on the cup at a time they see fit. If not, we hope that the cups will still spread awareness!

The QR code also takes you to a Linktree with easily accessible mental fitness resources in Bristol. There are talking groups to join and social media accounts to follow. We hope that people start a conversation on and off the pitch and share the cups with their friends and family.

What links would you like to share to our readers that are looking for support right now?

Talk Club:
Bristol based male talking group

Dudes and Dogs:
Nationwide male dog walking group

What does the future of ManSquared look like?
At the moment the project is somewhat ‘on hold’ as we are focusing on our final year of studies at the University. We are assessing how this ‘trial’ run at the University of Bristol goes and on completion of our studies we may try to expand to other universities to keep the conversations going. Our email inboxes are very much open though for anyone who wants to reach out or just have a chat.


What does it mean to be a man? ManSquared aim to prompt open conversation.
The cups that you can now spot at Harry’s Bar @ Coombe Dingle


7 ways University of Bristol Sport can help build your CV



Did you know that getting involved with sport and physical activity at university will give you valuable work place skills?

It may sound far-fetched but extra-curricular activities will show employers that you have more strings to your bow and will give you plenty to talk about in those all-important interviews.

You can demonstrate your skill set  


Why joining a sports club will be one of the best things you’ll do at university

There is a lot going on during your first few weeks of university so don’t worry if you didn’t feel ready to sign up to any clubs or societies just yet – there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved this year. All student clubs run a little differently, however most welcome all abilities and may offer Performance teams that focus on competing, as well as social sessions for those just wanting to play for fun.

In this blog post we’ll be looking at some of the reasons joining a sports club can enhance your university experience!


8 Reasons to join a class

Did you know that there are over 80 classes a week at the Indoor Sports Centre? With classes from Body Combat to Yoga fit to Spin, there is something to suit everybody and any level. Today we will be taking a look at  reasons why joining a fitness class can be a fantastic addition to your active life. Most of our fitness classes operate from the Indoor Sports Centre on Tyndall Avenue and are included in the Active Memberships. Our B:Active programme also runs its own series of low-cost and free classes on Campus and in the Residences, you can check out both timetables on our website.

1. It’s a great way to make connections


Bristol Active Bucketlist

It’s that time again where we begin to welcome new and returning back to Bristol! In this post, we are sharing some Bristol-based activities that we think deserve a spot on your active bucket list. If you do try any of our suggestions, let us know, we’d love to see your paddle boarding pictures or your new favorite trail. 

Run the downs

Clifton Downs is a running hot spot. With great routes and amazing views over the Avon Gorge, it’s the perfect place to clock up some miles and explore a bit of Bristol whilst you are at it. New to Bristol? The Welcome Fair will be an opportunity to get to know this iconic Bristol location. Keep an eye on our social media for the launch of the 2022 Bristol Run Series if your keen to set some running goals and join our community.

Visit the Wave

Bristol may not be known for being a surfer’s paradise, but it doesn’t mean you can’t catch some waves.  Just a 20-minute drive out of Bristol City Centre, this inland surfing pool offers a range of sessions, whether you are a surfing pro and just want to get out there or if you are a complete beginner. Surfing your thing? Make sure you check out the University of Bristol Surf Society for surf gear access, socials and weekends away. Surf @ Bristol SU

Get climbing

Bristol students love to climb and luckily there’s plenty of climbing centers  around the city where you can reach some new heights. Climbing is not only great for strengthening, it’s also an effective form of cardio and has several psychological and personal benefits from improved goal setting to increased self-confidence.

Cycle to Bath

If you’ve bought your bike to university (wise choice!) then you must cycle the famous Bristol to Bath Railway Path, a 13-mile off-road route suitable for cyclists and walkers.  It might be a little longer than the 20-minute train ride, but you will spot plenty of wildlife and work up a sweat. Just make sure you stop for tea and cake in beautiful Bath!

Watch a game

You don’t have to go very far to catch a match! On Wednesday nights you’ll be able to watch our #WeAreBristol student clubs compete at our Coombe Dingle Sports Facility. Our Pavilion will be serving food and the bar will be open too for the complete game-day experience. If you’d rather be on the pitch, there will be opportunities at the start of term to ‘Give It a Go’ and trial a range of sports clubs and activities for free What’s On & Events @ Bristol SU

Get paddling

Bristol is famous for it’s picturesque and lively harbourside, but you don’t just have to explore it by foot. Recent years have seen more and more people opting to paddleboard their way along the harbour. Stand Up Paddleboard Bristol offer a Paddleboard Harbourside tour suitable for complete beginners and provide all the kit and instruction you’ll need for a safe and enjoyable paddle.

Climb lots and lots of hills

This is an easy one, you won’t get very far in Bristol without going upwards at some point. It may be steep but you’ll thank all the inclines later. Walking uphill can boost your respiratory and lung function as well as strengthening your circulatory system, not to mention a huge endorphin rush!

Walk and explore

The best way to get to know a new city is to get out and explore. Grab your flatmates, some comfy shoes and a bottle of water and find your new favourite spot whilst getting active too. Just 30 minutes of walking a day can improve your overall health and boost mental well-being. If you like a bit of structure to your walk, check out one of Bristol’s many walking tours and learn about everything Bristol, from Banksy to Blackbeard. Our B:Active Residence programme even offers a walking tour for free – keep an eye out on their social media @bristolunibactive to find out more!

Try a water sport

There may be a few water-based activities on our list but sometimes sport is just that little bit more exciting off dry-land. University of Bristol Sailing are one of our clubs offering social sessions as a chance to learn to sail in a fun and friendly way, with taster sessions happening throughout October as part of ‘Give it a Go’. The University of Bristol Sport app is a great way to find out more about our clubs and find out all you need to know about trial sessions, memberships and more!

Join the Colour Run

Every year in September, University of Bristol Sport and Bristol SU host a 3k, very fun and equally as messy, Colour Run. This year is no different and will be held on 26 September at the Coombe Dingle. It’s a chance to run, walk or skip around the course whilst getting covered in colourful paint (we can guarantee great photos!). Tickets are available to book now! Bristol SU Beta



Free ways to have an active life in Bristol


Being on a University budget shouldn’t stop you from living a healthy, active life. In this post we will be looking at some free-of-charge opportunities to exercise your body and boost your mood, available both within the university and the wider community!

1) Swap treadmills for pavements.

Up your step count, improve your wellbeing and explore some of Bristol’s beautiful walks. Local walking/running spots include Harborside, Leigh Woods, Ashton court and the stretch between your front door and the supermarket! It doesn’t need to be a marathon,  just make sure you stay safe, wear reflective clothing where possible and know your route. The Bristol Run Series happens annually and is a great opportunity to train with an aim!

2) Book a B:Active class

Did you know that many of our fitness classes that are part of our B:Active Residence programme are free of charge for those living in University-allocated accommodation? You can try yoga, conditioning, pilates and more without making a dent in your budget. It’s also a great way to meet other students in your accommodation outside of your flat.


3) Give it a Go

During Welcome Week you’ll have the opportunity to try out a huge range of sport and fitness society sessions for free. This will give you the chance to meet new people and try some new things without having to commit to a membership first. These sessions are run with Bristol SU so keep an eye on their socials and website for more details.

4) Attend our Giant Fitness Class

This September we are giving you the chance to try out three of our most popular classes for free at our Giant Fitness Class. This will be a 90 minute session, made up of 3 classes held at the Indoor Sports Centre, no booking required. You can find out more here…

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5) Get out and about

Bristol is definitely not short of green spaces, many sporting free courts and even outdoor gyms. Brandon Hill Park is a great example – it’s a workout getting there in the first place!


6) Be app-y 

This year, many of our Run Series Members have inspired us by opting to walk/run with the help of podcasts and apps. From one that makes you feel like you are running away from a Zombie to Sarah Millican trying to get you off your couch, it’s one way to spruce up a run for free

7) Keep it green

If you are keen to get working out from home but don’t have the equipment, there are plenty of ways to use things around your house (full wine bottles are great as weights!)  or even using sites such as Freecycle to get hold of the right kit without making a dent.

8) Get online

The University of Bristol App is the home of 50+ On Demand workouts, ready whenever you are. Home workouts are great for when you’re on a tight schedule, studying from home or even if you just aren’t ready yet to return to our facilities.

9) Follow @Bristoluniactive on Instagram

Here you’ll find loads of active inspiration, tips, updates and even live -streamed fitness classes – it’s really as easy as that! B:Active is the perfect access point for students who are looking to get moving and connect with our community.

10) Stay connected

We will always keep you updated on all opportunities and flag up those that don’t require membership or cost. Make sure you are following us on our social medias, check in on our website or pop in a say hello to our team at the welcome desks at our facilities


Nutrition advice for runners: What is Nutrition?

If I say the words “sports nutrition”, what do you think? For many of us, the predominant image is probably a guy a bit like Arnie, downing a protein shake, wearing tight nylon short-shorts and a slinky vest. Fear not, I’m here to tell you that we can have a far more expansive view of what constitutes sports nutrition. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, anything that you put in your mouth which contributes to your training programme is, in essence, sports nutrition.

If a cup of herbal tea before bed helps you get a good night’s sleep then it is, to you, as important a sports nutrition drink as a protein shake is to Arnie! Nutrition doesn’t have to be prescriptive – a good nutrition programme is about listening to your body and responding to what it needs: if you are hungry then eat and if you are full then stop. There are a few basic points to consider which can help you hit the basics but, generally speaking, being incredibly precise about your food intake is not necessary unless you are an elite athlete training multiple times per day.

Arnold Schwarzenegger inside a coloured circle in 4 segments reading Nutritious, delicious, cheap, easy
You can eat nutritiously even if you don’t want to drink your food.