Physical wellbeing

Life's greatest wealth is health

Healthy lifestyle choices contribute to a better quality of life, whatever your starting point. 

Take a look at the resources below for information and ideas that may be beneficial additions to your wellbeing.

Sharing what you find works for you with others is a great way to inspire others to make changes to their own routines and habits.

Body combat

Body Combat is a high-energy martial arts-inspired workout that is totally non-contact. Punch and kick your way to fitness and burn up to 740 calories in a class. No experience needed, suitable for all levels of fitness and alternative options are available to those with injuries or pregnant. Learn moves from Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Kung Fu.

CXWORX

Exercising muscles around the core, CXWORX provides the vital ingredient for a stronger body. A stronger core makes you better at all things you do, from everyday life to your favourite sports - it’s the glue that holds everything together.

All the moves in CXWORX have options, so it’s challenging but achievable for your own level of fitness. The instructor will guide you through correct technique as you work with resistance tubes, as well as body weight exercises like crunches, and hovers. You will also get into some hip, butt and lower back exercises.

LSE Headspace Walk Programme

A brand new coaching series for staff! Join a professional walking coach for four 90 minute group coaching walks in streets and green spaces near to the School. Experience the many benefits of walking while working - feel energised, think creatively, improve your focus and connect better with colleagues. 

Click here for more details. 

If you're interested in the benefits of walking in and around the School campus, you may find this guide to the local area of interest.

Nutrition

A little attention to your nutritional and dietary arrangements can do everything from contributing to increased energy levels, alertness and productivity as well as supporting those living with health conditions.

Often good decision making and sensible choices over a sustained period of time will contribute to avoiding a number of relatively serious health concerns in the future altogether.

Simple adjustments can make the world of difference such as ensuring moderate alcohol consumption or reducing your intake of salt, sugar and some fats.

The British Nutrition Foundation has a full range of information on diet through all stages of life and longer term health conditions from toddlers, pregnancy and 50 plus as well as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and weight management to mention a few.

Exercise and fitness

Daily activity, no matter how big or small, benefits our health and fitness levels.  This can be anything from ensuring we commute into work in a less sedentary way to a 5K run every day! The key is to look at what you do and see whether there are adjustments you could make (big or small), to enhance your fitness levels.

The School has agreed a corporate partnership with Fitness First

This gives all staff the option of discounted membership which includes:

  • Use of all tier 5-10 gyms (including Waldorf and Holborn branches)
  • A personal trainer session on joining
  • Unlimited fitness classes
  • Use of health suite facilities (where available)

Sound good? Why not drop us an email to staff wellbeing for more information on taking a tour of the facilities or details on becoming a member.

Staff may also take advantage of membership to the LSE Student Union Gym which is available for all staff. And as we know how important it is to stay fit, the School offers a LSE Student Union Gym membership loan to make payments easier.

The School also has a range of regular physical fitness activities such as badminton, in addition to various summer fitness events designed to get us all up and moving a little more.  Take a look at our wellbeing archive to see what we have been up to in the past.

On top of all that, the School has a great range of sports facilities for a range of activities such as badminton and tennis.

Wellbeing clubs

We have a range of clubs and activities you can take part in. For further information on wellbeing clubs, please consult our Wellbeing clubs page.

Smoking cessation

Smoking in society is clearly on the decline in recent years however nearly as many as 1 in 5 adults still smoke, with many wishing to quit but finding it difficult to achieve. Often there will be a number of attempts to stop smoking before they are successful which can be de-motivating and frustrating.

Needless to say, people don't want to be told what to do and it is essential to find what approach is right for you. Take a look at the NHS campaign Stoptober which has been successful for many and contains useful information which in combination with a supportive social network and smoke free environments could secure the road of success sooner.

Alcohol and substance abuse

Drug and alcohol misuse is a complex issue and while this affects the minority of people, the impact often extends to others in their support network both personally and at times can also be evident in professional situations, which by then can result in serious health consequences for the individual and their colleagues.

If you feel you have an issue, or are on the border line of an issue in dealing with drug or alcohol misuse, it is important to seek support from either friends or family, your GP, HR Partner or an alternative reputable source of information and support such as SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery help people to decide whether they have a problem, build up their motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.

People can stay with SMART as long as they wish. There is no requirement to make a lifetime commitment to the programme, just to their recovery and leading a healthier life.

Many people find that continuing to participate in SMART after they have recovered helps them avoid lapses or relapses.