Here’s How and Why You Should Stick to Your New Years Resolution to Exercise

I’m sure many of us will have started the year full of hope in that THIS would be the year we would be more active physically. To make on the claim however is by any means easy, the incentive to venture from our comfortable homes into the bleak and cold this time of year is easier said than done. However, the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to taking action.

Exercising not only makes us healthier, it reduces chance of diseases in later life as well as strengthening discipline and will power. Exercise is not only beneficial to the body, but new studies are finding that physical activity makes us happier as well. When it comes to university students, time can feel restricted due to work and, more likely recovering from hangovers. However, the NHS claims – “adults should try to be active daily and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities.” However, two-and a half hours of exercise a week doesn’t sound impossible for most students.

Well, if you’re a Coventry local and want to make good on your promise to yourself to exercise this year, here are a couple of options to check out.

Fargo Village have started an early initiative this year to get people more active through their ‘Fitness Tasters’. I spoke to the event organiser Lucy Thompstone about the upcoming event on January 20th and her opinion on why people should feel motivated to exercise this time of year –

“We have organised these taster sessions, because every year, January rolls around and people start the new year with aspirations and goals, many of which are related to fitness and weight loss. Gym memberships can be an expensive thing to commit to and can often lead to people feeling demotivated before they even begin. This is why we decided to set up the taster sessions, and make them free of charge. They are run by the trainers from our onsite Crossfit gym, Wildcard Strength and Conditioning, but there is no pressure to sign up. These sessions are all about providing people with an accessible taste to fitness and to try and motivate them to keep up with their goals for the year, at least for the first month!

I think in terms of why people should feel motivated to exercise at this time of year, I think there is no necessity, but year on year fitness is one of the bestselling industries in January. This tells people obviously are thinking about their health and fitness, particularly following the amount of food they’ve potentially eaten over Christmas. I think there is also an important case to be made for the mental health benefits of exercising, and these post- Christmas months can be difficult for people- it’s cold and dark, and there is the inevitable crash from Christmas. Exercise can be a really useful way of keeping people feeling motivated in their daily life and overcoming some of this lethargy and lack of enthusiasm that so often accompanies these first couple of months in the year. “

Another local exercise scheme in Coventry is ‘Active for Health’ who encourage activity and fitness. I spoke to Kerry Harris, the Health and Physical Activity Leader about the scheme and encouraging people to exercise.

“Active for Health is a reduced gym membership cost however the A4H package is a full membership which includes group exercise classes and swimming also with the health assessments and 3 x 1:2:1 sessions. We offer 1:2:1 Support and health assessments with our lifestyle advisors, this is a free consolation at various venues across Coventry, for this appointment we just need your postcode and a contact number. The lifestyle advisors can also refer you on to the Active for health scheme.”

“Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease and can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life”

Even in a place as grey as Coventry, there shouldn’t be an excuse for people to exercise this time of year.


–  James Garwood



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