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National Fitness Day

Wellbeing Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Jane Fowler

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Service

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s wellbeing update. You will now be expecting me to make my usual comment on the weather…. So not to disappoint you – wow! It really is autumn today! Wet, blustery and leaves flying everywhere, sky is pretty grey but on the bright side – it’s not too cold yet. Yes – this is the time of year when the sea is at its warmest, so if you haven’t tried wild swimming yet, this is the time to do it! Why not give it a go as part of National Fitness Day?

Even if you are not minded to go wild swimming, fitness of any kind is good for us, but when it gets wetter, windier and colder, we have to put a little more thought into how to fit some exercise into shorter days. So have a look at some of the ideas around National Fitness Day and make your own plans for keeping up your activity levels through the winter. And for those of you who will be in Mid Argyll on 6th October, why not join us for our next Wellbeing Walk? Details below.

 

See you next week!

National Fitness Day - 22 September 2021

National Fitness Day is celebrated every September across the UK and is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays in helping us lead healthier lifestyles.

Keeping physically active can look and feel very different to all of us and fitness day is about encouraging us to recognise what we can do, being grateful for our ability and thinking about how we might remove barriers that might be in the way of looking after ourselves as well as possible.

The long days of summer are coming to an end and some of us might be thinking about how our fitness habits might change with the season, as it can be very easy for them to fall away in winter. This might mean lights for our bike, a wetsuit for swimming, or warmer layers for running and walking (this might also be a wee chance to practise second hand September!)

We can also consider indoor activities perhaps at a gym or using online classes or just doing what we can to keep moving throughout the day and taking breaks to move around if we are generally seated. Easier said than done for sure, but yet it often seems to be easier to tackle a problem if we step away for few moments and walk around before going back to it.

Whatever type of activity you engage in, the key thing is that you find something you enjoy!

There is increasing evidence that in addition to keeping our joints, muscles and heart rate strong, regular movement is key to healthy digestive, nervous system and brain function. This short clip on BBC sounds gives some insight into why activity is so important for humans in particular.

 

Wellbeing Walk - Wednesday 6th October

Due to the success of our last wellbeing walk, the Wellbeing Team are hosting another walk based at Kilmory HQ and around the surrounding area. 

 

This walk will take place on Wednesday 6 October at 12.30pm and will last approx. 30 to 45 minutes. Covid guidance will be followed.

If you would like to participate in this event please email wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk to book your place.

 

Please also let us know your thoughts and ideas about the items featured in our Wellbeing Wednesdays each week and send us your suggestions for future topics – we love to hear from you.

The Wellbeing Team:  wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk