Gyms, leisure centres and sports will begin to resume across April and May as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. With months of lockdown behind us, many of us haven’t been able to experience the same amount of exercise we are used to. There are plenty of ways we can keep active either at home or outside, through virtual exercises classes at home or long walks or cycling throughout our district.
Here are some great resources for keeping active in the Braintree District:
Keep Active At Home
There are many free online exercises classes available online that you can either stream live or catch up with later.
Keep Essex Active has a weekly timetable and classes for a whole range of ages and abilities. Timetables are published weekly and include activities such as martial arts, HIIT, dance and meditation.
Fusion At Home has a weekly timetable of its usual group classes such as Zumba, Pump, Yoga and Pilates as well as Family Funtime classes such as Kids Dance and Kids Yoga. Timetables are published weekly.
Sport England has plenty of tips and advice for working out at home and plenty of classes you can try out for free.
Keep Active Outside
In the Braintree District, we are lucky to have so many beautiful rural environments to explore. Here are some useful resources for finding places to exercise in the local area.
Walking Routes – There are so many walking routes in the district and across Essex for all abilities and distances. For route maps and information about public rights of way, visit Essex Highways. Why not try The Flitch Way or The John Ray Walk?
Public Rights Of Way – This interactive map details public rights of way across Essex, find routes local to you.
Cycling Map – Essex Highways has put together a cycle map for the Braintree district as well as information on local cycling initiatives and groups.
Outdoor Gyms – We have three outdoor gyms throughout our district, they are free to use and have equipment for resistance and cardio training.
Stop.Swap.GO! – Join hundreds of Essex residents aged 13 and over who are swapping their daily car trips for a walk, cycle or scoot to be in for a chance to win weekly prizes.
Roadmap for Sport
From 29th March, outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools reopen and people are able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
From 12th April, indoor leisure facilities such as gyms can reopen but only for use by people on their own or within their household group.
Not before 17th May, indoor group sports and exercise classes can resume.
Exercise and Mental Health
It can be hard to feel motivated and many of us can feel lethargic and fed up. With many people working from home or furloughed, it is important to try and keep moving to look after our physical and mental health.
While exercise can sometimes feel like the last thing we want to do when we feel down, it can have a positive impact on our mood. Physical activity releases feel-good hormones called endorphins which help to make you happy! It also helps release cortisol, which helps to manage stress.
Exercise also gives your brain something else to focus on, allowing for you to focus on exercise and breathing rather than things that may be troubling you.