Boost your fitness with a month’s free pass to facilities across North Lincolnshire.
One lucky person can win the fitness pass at the end of the month, by liking the Council’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/northlincscouncil.
Taking part in Dry January is a good way to kick-start 2015 and improve your health, but it shouldn’t end there, said a council spokesman.
Becoming healthier is a long-term commitment that can be life-changing for many people and help improve the mind and body.
The pass prize will be available to use from February 2015, and is worth £38.
Unlimited use of a gym
Group fitness classes as shown on the timetable – visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/leisure
Casual swimming and programmed pool sessions (excluding lessons)
Use of squash court for racket ball and squash – limited to one court per evening (peak times)
Use of badminton court for badminton, short tennis and table tennis at off peak times (Monday to Friday before 4pm, Saturday/Sunday all day)
Activity – booking eight days in advance
Membership valid at all North Lincolnshire Council leisure centres
Terms and conditions apply and you must be aged 17 plus.
To help keep your mind and body in tip-top shape, you are advised to: try walking in the park, yoga, cycling or a social game like football or tennis. Exercise lifts your mood and makes you feel good about yourself. The council organises lots of activities to suit all abilities, ages and tastes. Find an activity you enjoy and stick to it by making it part of your routine.
Keep Learning: learning a new skill can give you a sense of achievement and confidence in your strengths and abilities. Try something new – a cooking class, new language, learn how to play a musical instrument.
Give to others: this could be the simplest of acts from a smile to a thank you. Engaging in voluntary work is a bigger act and a great way to improve mental wellbeing and help you meet new people.
Relationships: invest time in connecting with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Being social with others is a natural part of our lives – it’s great for wellbeing too.
Take notice: also known as ‘mindfulness’ is a great way of positively changing the way you feel about life and new challenges. Take in your surroundings, especially when you are in green space; take a moment to feel the breeze, smell the beautiful flower or listen to your surroundings – you’ll feel better!
Have some ‘me’ time: it’s important to take time out for you, even if just 15 to 30 minutes a day. Find something you enjoy that is calming and will help relieve the stress and worry of daily life. This could be listening to your favourite music, have a relaxing soak in the bath, reading, exercising, watching TV, gardening.
For more details about being and staying active, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/beactive
Coun Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Customer Services, Sport and Leisure at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Now that the festivities are over, there’s no better time to start as you mean to go on by adopting a healthier lifestyle. There are countless benefits of exercising including making you feel more positive, giving you more energy and helping burn the excess calories you may have put on by over-indulging over Christmas and New Year.
“Our fantastic offer of winning a one-month free fitness pass to use at any of our leisure centres should help give you the push you need to kick start the new you.
“It is all about changing your mind-set and having the willpower to stick to it.”