Being Active Every Day with RED January

Jennifer SymeBlog, fitness, Therapies

January is a month where people often undertake a challenge. These month challenges seem to have replaced ‘New Year Resolutions’ and cover everything from not drinking alcohol, not eating meat, going vegan, and probably anything else people want to set a challenge for. In my Facebook groups I’ve seen a press-up challenge, one to do a daily yoga practise, and of course the one I’m talking about – RED January. These monthly challenges are a great way to get inspired, find support and perhaps try something new. You are more likely to stick to something longer term if you can keep at it for a month. That old ‘habits are built in 28 days’ (at least) idea. Studies have also shown that you are more likely to stick to a new habit if you have a buddy. Also having a group or a place to share both your wins and your not so good days helps motivation. A Challenge Doesn’t Mean Pressure The monthly challenges are often aimed at wellbeing. The goals are usually to lose weight, run a certain distance, or to cut out food or drink. Red January is a bit different as it isn’t saying you need to achieve a specific amount of anything. It’s aimed more at the mental health aspect of being active. Which means getting outside, and yes, challenging yourself a little bit, even if that is just to walk to the end of the garden. It’s linked to the mental health charity MIND, … Read More

Getting Back To Fitness

Jennifer Symefitness

This last year was a tough one, I was laid  low with health issues and an injured shoulder. I was off work and I couldn’t play my guitar or maintain my usual fitness levels. I was forced to take it easy, read and watch films, and let myself rest and sleep. Not easy for someone who is usually on the go. In fact the being ‘on the go’ was partly the cause of my problems, I was too keen to get back to work after my wee septum op and rushing about doing 3 things at once when I had the accident. Lesson learned – take your  time and listen to your body! Anyway, I am now getting back to normal and have a strict strength and fitness regime from my physio in order to get my shoulder fully repaired. One of the things I have missed doing is running, but it is hard to get back out there when the weather is cold, with icy winds and sleet….which is what we were still having a week or two ago. When you are a seasoned runner or biker, the weather doesn’t stop you so much. After all it’s a matter of wearing the right clothes and getting out there. Once you get going it’s usually not as bad as it appears from the warm house. (Honest!)   But if you are new or returning to it, then the weather does put you off. Especially if you are returning from an … Read More