Getting Active Outdoors

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Summer is on its way. Our roadmap is in place. It's time to get outside, get active and start feeling good about yourself.

Here at Arun Wellbeing, we understand that many people will be cautious about returning to local gyms and clubs immediately after lockdown. The idea of returning to shared spaces may heighten your anxiety, repelling you from wanting to take part in exercise classes. It's also possible you might be struggling for motivation, with 10-minute HIIT workouts not quite cutting it anymore. 

As an alternative to our virtual exercise programmes and to get you outdoors, we have compiled a range of different activities, groups and ideas for you to try to make exercise more enjoyable and fulfilling for yourself. Whether you head outside accompanied by your favourite podcast or take part in an organised event, there are plenty of opportunities to be active. 

Click on the headings below which will take you to the relevant webpage:

National Walking Month May 2021

This May is National Walking Month, and here at Arun Wellbeing we want to encourage our residents to lace up their boots and visit some of our magnificent open spaces.

Aside from the fact that it is completely free, walking is easy and convenient, and can be done anywhere, anytime. It is inclusive for all ages and abilities, no matter how many miles you record.

Walking is a great method of exercise, as you use a third of your body’s muscles each time you take a step. It can lower your blood pressure, your blood glucose levels and reduces the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. It also lowers your LDL cholesterol, lowers the risk of heart diseases and strokes. Also, the risks of developing certain cancers (such as breast and colon cancer) are reduced by walking and it can also improve your memory, slowing the progress of Dementia.

It is great for your physical health too, increasing your general fitness, your lung capacity, aids bone strength, boosts your natural immunity and helps you to lose and maintain weight by burning fat.

Additionally, it is proven that taking a break and going for a walk is very beneficial for your mental health, improving your mood and helping to reduce stress.

Unquestionably, choosing to walk is much more environmentally friendly than driving or taking public transport. Walking is the greenest option for protecting our planet, with reduced traffic emissions lowering the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. It also creates a quieter and happier environment for us all to live in.

So, what can you do this month?

Turn walking into a daily habit. You could go for a walk before starting work, make a journey to the shops on foot, walk your children to school, ask a member of your “bubble” to go for a regular jaunt, listen to your favourite podcast etc. - get creative!

Visit our new Getting Active Outdoors webpages outline above where we outline several activities you can have a go at and different locations to explore in Arun.

Moreover, Arun District Council are posting a 31-day challenge which you can follow to see what Arun has on offer! Be sure to send in your pictures to public.relations@Arun.gov.uk and upload them to social media using the hashtag #TakeAWalkInArun.

Covid-19 roadmap

Please be aware that some of these activities may currently be closed, but as the lockdown roadmap progresses things will begin to open in the coming months. Please visit the Government website for the latest information.

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