Active Commuting

Active commuting can be a convenient way to fit physical activity into your daily routine. This increase in physical activity through active commuting can have positive health outcomes such as improved wellbeing and reduced risks of non communicable diseases.

Active commuting could be achieved by walking, cycling, running or even skating to campus.  If you have a long journey you could split it into two in order to add some physical activity, such as getting off the bus at an earlier stop and walking the rest of the journey or parking further away and walking or cycling the rest of the way.

Please see the sections below for more information about active commuting and facilites at York St John University.

Cycling

Campus facilities

There are a number of bike racks located across campus, approximately 262 open and 64 covered (not including staff parking), these are located:

Fountains Learning Centre - mix of covered and open
Skell - Open
Foss - Open
Dinning Hall - Covered
Music block - Open
Ripon Wing (formerly New Wing) - Open
Phoenix - Open
St Anthony's House - Staff parking, covered (requires a key to use, please see Porters)

Showers and lockers are located in the Foss Building. Lockers are for day use only and take £1 coin, which is returned. For directions, please download the Campus Map (PDF, 2.7MB).

Need a bike?

Staff are able to purchase a bike through the University benefits package, YSJ You.

Getting started

If it's been a while since you've been in the saddle or you've never cycled in traffic before getting started can be quite nerve racking at first. If you feel you'd benefit from some help buidling your confidence there is tuition available in York.  

Preparation is key and should help you feel more confident, these tips from Sky Ride might help. Riding with a buddy for the first few rides can help too, if you want help finding a buddy please get in touch either through email at ysjactive@yorksj.ac.uk or Twitter @YSJActive and we'll do our best to help.  

To ease yourself into cycling to work gently you might want to build up slowly by cycling in one or two days a week for a couple of weeks and add another day each week until you're cycling 5 days a week. Hopefully in no time at all you'll find it enjoyable as well as time and money saving, not to mention more healthy than sitting in traffic.  

If you want to have a chat about cycling to work please get in touch.

Health Benefits

It would be remiss if we didn't discuss the health benefits to cycling. Cycling contributes towards your daily activity levels and helps you meet the 150 minutes a week of moderate activity recommended for adults. It's a great way of getting some low impact aerobic activity, and it is shown to help reduce stress - those who cycle to work find it a great way to unwind on the way home. Your bank balance may also be healthier as a result of cycling, no more paying for petrol or bus tickets.      

Links

Cycling can be a great social activity as well as fantastic way to get some physical activity. Female cyclists, why not check out Bike Belles or Breeze who run rides for different abilities, most of which incorporate a coffee stop so you can get to know fellow cyclists in York.

You could also take part in the annual Sky Ride in York, which is a relaxed cycle around the city with little traffic.  Or the Heart of York bike ride. 

For more information on cycling with a disability you might want to visit Cycling.org, iTravel and Get Cycling

If you want to take your cycling further then perhaps joining a club is for you. For information on cycling events and clubs please visit HSBC's British Cycling website.

Other information

Technology can be helpful and fun to use when cycling, apps are available that will help you with route planning, activity tracking and even bike maintenance, an internet search will help you find what you need. If you have an activity tracker this may allow you to log your rides or even automatically detect when you're cycling. 


Please note that YSJActive and York St John University are not responsible for the content of external sites, and accept no responsibility for any consequences resulting from visiting any of the sites linked

Walking

Facilities

If you want to walk to campus and get ready when you arrive there are showers and lockers located in the Foss Building. Lockers are for day use only and take £1 coin, which is returned. For directions, please download a Campus Map (PDF, 2.7MB)

Steps

You may have heard that we should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day in order to be active and look after our health. Walking can be an easy way to increase your daily physical activity as it requires no special equipment and can be accommodated into your normal day. Studies have shown that increasing the number of steps we take each day can have a positive effect on our mood and other health benefits such as reducing the risk of stroke.    

A person who walks between 7,000 - 10,000 steps a day is considered moderately active according to the UK National Obesity Forum. However, many of us only manage between 3,000 - 4,000. Walking to work can be a great way to reach that 10,000 goal. 

If walking to work is not an option you could do one of the following to increase your steps:

  • Park further away and walk the remaining distance
  • Get off the bus a stop or a couple of stops early and walk the rest of the way 

You could also increase your steps through:

  • Using stairs instead of lifts or escalators
  • Holding walking meetings
  • Plan a walk into your lunch break
  • Walking children to school

Joining a step challenge can be good source of motivation hit 10,000. If you have a tracker you can often add "friends" and challenge them daily.

Trackers

If you want to monitor how many steps you're doing a day there are a couple of ways of doing this. If you have a smart phone you can download and app or you may already have a step counter built in. Or you could invest in a pedometer that clips to your clothing or an activity tracker that's usually worn on the wrist.  

Taking it further

If you enjoy walking and want to take it further you could join a walking club, so you get those 10,000 steps in and have the opportunity to socialise. If you do decide to take your walking further you may want to invest in some comfortable and sturdy boots.    

Running

Facilities

If you want to run to campus and get ready when you arrive there are showers and lockers located in the Foss Building. Lockers are for day use only and take £1 coin, which is returned. For directions, please download a Campus Map (PDF, 2.7MB)

Getting started

Running can be an easy activity to participate in, often just requiring some comfortable clothing and appropriate trainers. Running can help you keep fit, reduce health risks such as heart disease and reduce stress levels.

If you're new to running apps providing a progressive programme can help as a common piece of advice when starting running is to build up gradually. They are generally easy to follow and great for people new to running. You might want to consider your footwear as a good, properly fitted pair of trainers can make a big difference. Running shops should be able to advise you and help you find the right pair for you and your running style.

There is lots of advice online regarding getting started in running. 

Taking it further

If you enjoy running or fancy some support and/or the opportunity to socialise with fellow runners than you may want to consider joining a club or finding runs to take part in. There are a number of running clubs in York aimed at a range of abilities which can be found through an internet search.


Please note that YSJActive and York St John University are not responsible for the content of external sites, and accept no responsibility for any consequences resulting from visiting any of the sites linked.

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