We know that exercise is good for our physical health but it can have particular benefits to our mental health as well. By exercising, certain ‘happy hormones’ are released in the body which helps us to feel more positive and happy. This boost in mood can really help both young people and adults to have the motivation to exercise regularly and can be a great stress and anxiety buster!
This month, the Friends for Leisure team have been taking part in #MARCHMOTIVATION by trying to be more active throughout the month in a variety of ways and thinking about how it makes us feel. But first, Andy Molyneux from Everybody Sport and Recreation tells us a bit about sporting and exercising opportunities available in Cheshire East…
Just because you have a disability or additional need does this mean that you can’t play any sport or be more active? NO!
In a recent report, Sport England wrote that inactivity is more common among adults with a disability (43%) than those without (21%). This is your opportunity to change that statistic, be more active yourself and have a healthier lifestyle.
Becoming more active doesn’t mean lots of running or lifting lots of weights in the gym. Walking to school or college instead of taking the car (where practical) can be just as beneficial to your physical health as it is to your mood.
If you want to be more active where do you start?
Across Cheshire East there are lots of groups and organisations that run different activities that you can do on your own or as part of a group.
Here at Everybody Sport and Recreation we manage leisure facilities in 12 towns across Cheshire East so there should be one near you. We also have our Activity for All programme which provides a range of inclusive activities for all ages. These activities include Trampoline, Inclusive Gym, Multi-Sport Activity Hubs, and Inclusive Cycling to name a few.
If you didn’t want to join any of our activities you could still exercise with family and friends through our Everybody Options concessionary membership scheme. If you purchase an Options card you then pay a discounted admission price every time you go the gym, swimming or play any racquet sports.
As part of our Everybody Healthy scheme we have a range of different programmes including our Lets Get Movin’ programme. This is a family physical activity and healthy eating programme-a free, fun way to make small changes and see big differences.
If you are over 18 and looking to make any lifestyle changes there are also a range of programmes to help you (and any parents and carers who maybe interested ) in becoming heathier and more active. These include our Active Lives, Re-shape and Cookery programmes.
How have the FFL team been keeping active through March?
1st March- Hannah, our Crewe Project Worker, didn’t let the snow stop her and walked to work!
12th March-Hannah went swimming in the afternoon. Swam 80 lengths in 65 minutes. Maggie also went swimming this week!
Our Congleton Project Worker, Lisa, has been showing off some yoga moves in the office and motivating others to join in!
13th March-Jade: ‘I went for a walk around Astbury Mere Country Park after work. the sun had been shining all day and was just beginning to set. Despite being a tad chilly, it was nice to just go for a walk, clear my head and stretch my legs’.
Abi, our volunteer coordinator, isn’t a fan of sports or doing exercise – but tries her best to get out and about walking with family. She particularly loves visiting National Trust properties and walking along the sea front, as she spends most weekends in the North East.
On her week off, our Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator, Sue walked 11 miles along the Thames Path from Reading, via Tesco to buy some pastries to keep her and her husband going! She then went along to Sonning Eye, Shiplake and its polo field, and finally to Henley. Altogether, she walked 24,120 steps before getting the bus back.
15th March-Abi and Lisa took Lisa’s dog (Rio) for a walk before heading to their 15 Up session in Congleton.
17th March-Hannah was out in the snow and wind again for a long dog walk. She got a bit muddy as she forgot her wellies!
18th March– On a Sunday evening, Hannah visited a 50m length pool and swam 30 lengths (1500m). Professional swimmers were training in the pool at the same time and it was very inspiring and motivational!
20th March-Our manager, Gillian, always likes to pop out on her lunch break for a walk around town. Today she tried to get her heart rate up more than usual and came back with steamy glasses!
23rd March– One of our trustees, Mel has been busy playing tennis, walking the dog and had a go with her daughter’s weights and exercise ball.
25th March-Lisa cycled 2 laps around Astbury Mere Country park after tackling the house work all day!
Find out about Disabled Access Day in next month’s newsletter!