The word exercise can often instil dread into many of our minds but for others, it’s a word that offers a chance to take time out and look after our bodies.
Exercise is suitable for any ages, any skill and can be adapted for the individual. It encompasses a whole heap of activities and workouts for your body and also can be done competitively or for leisure.
Exercise can be a sociable activity and this may lead to new friendship groups and opportunities.
The NHS website notes that exercise not only helps to lower the risk of developing a number of long-term conditions, it also has a positive effect on your self-esteem, sleep quality and mood. In addition, research suggests that exercise reduces stress and depression.
If you are interested in introducing exercise into your week, there are a number ways to explore what is available locally to you. If there is a particular sport you are interested in, why not see if your school, sixth form or University offer this. Additionally, there may be a local team that you could get involved with. You could also contact your local sports centre or community hall to see if they have any timetables available.
If you think exercise is boring- it doesn’t have to be. There are so many new and exciting classes you could try including; Bounce (on mini trampolines, run at Goals), self defence (run at the University) or Aqua Fit (at Crown Pools).
If you are a bit nervous about going it alone, see if you can find a friend to go with you. There may be discounts available if you bring a friend and also don’t forget to ask if they have a student price for those sessions that cost.