It’s that time of year when we reflect on positive change for the year ahead. If you are considering being more active because of the health benefits, here are 3 simple suggestions:
1. Try parkrun
Communities have come together up and down the country (and across the world) to run, jog or walk 5k (3 miles) every Saturday morning.
Parkrun has made running accessible to all, not just the committed competitive club runner. 50% of parkrun participants are non-runners and it’s as much about volunteering and community spirit as anything else.
Parkrun is social, fun and you can challenge yourself to get fitter through the data tracking and stats parkrun provides for free.
There is credible science that links running and improved mental health. With parkfun you can literally run towards a new and better you in 2019 starting in small steps, even if you have never run before. For my running story, click here.
2. Go outdoors
Get outside as much as possible, whatever the weather. Best is the countryside or city parks. Take a moment to notice nature, birds chattering through song, a rushing stream, feel the brush of wind on your face. You can blow away the cobwebs – this is a simple way to practice mindfulness.
3. Do dog walking 2 to 4 times a day, everyday. If you haven’t got a dog you could offer to walk a friend’s dog or volunteer at a dog re-homing charity 2 -3 times a week. These short bursts of activeness add up and are beneficial for your general fitness and well-being.
It can also be quite a social thing to do because other dog walkers love to exchange pleasantries with fellow dog walkers.
Having your own dog can be a big commitment, while also being very rewarding when you experience a bond with “man’s best friend”.
Happy New Year!