Keep your get-fit goals by walking with friends

Keep your get-fit goals by walking with friends

Published by George Sharpe at 8:43am 9th January 2020. (Updated at 2:20pm 9th January 2020)

Public Health Dorset's launched their #JoinMe initiative to help you get healthy.

If you're aiming to get healthy this year then Public Health Dorset could help you out with a free Dorset country park membership or parking pass.

Their #JoinMe campaign encourages us to share the self-esteem boosts, mood changes and extra energy that come from getting healthy with our friends and family.

According to the NHS, being active can reduce your risk of major illnesses like;

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer

It's also know to reduce your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

How can I stick to my goals this year?

Why not try:

  • Making physical activity part of your every day life by building it into your routine, for example by walking or cycling to work, or taking a walk on your lunch reak
  • Taking on some new challenges, like starting Couch to 5k
  • Combining spending time with friends and family with something active, like visiting one of Dorset's fantastic country parks or National Trust properties and enjoying the outdoors with the kids.

Councillor Laura Miller, said:

"We can all find it difficult to motivate ourselves during the winter months, especially when its dark and cold and the festivities of December are over. 

"We're encouraging people to tackle those winter blues, get outdoors and be active with their family or friends.

"In Dorset we're lucky to have so many fantastic outdoor spaces including Dorset Council's country parks and these are often at their best during the winter months. Not only is being active great for your physical health, it can really help to clear your mind and relieve stress too."

Public Health Dorset has partnered up with the National Trust in Dorset to offer a free year's membership or parking pass for one of Dorset's country parks. You just need to sign up and make a #JoinMe pledge.