I’m not one for going to the gym, in fact, the thought scares me and I know I’m probably not alone. I’d rather go for a long walk with my dogs and do Pilates (now via zoom).
I had never heard about Active Norfolk until last October when my mum, who has been involved with them through her work, dragged me along for an online exercise class hosted by them. I thought it wouldn’t be great but I really enjoyed myself and have carried on taking part every week since.
The class is around 40 minutes long with a warm-up and warm-down to avoid injuring the muscles we use every day. The class goes through ten different exercises which can be done standing up or sitting down and taken at your own pace. The exercises themselves were very basic, like riding an imaginary bike, using tins of soup as weights, or standing on one foot. Whatever the exercise I could feel muscles working hard (some I didn’t even know I had!) It has been a fun experience and I have met some lovely people along the way.
Active Norfolk is dedicated to helping Norfolk residents to lead healthy and active lifestyles. One of the best things you can do to boost your mental and physical health is to get in a bit of exercise every day. No amount of exercise is too small, and any activity you do is better than doing nothing!
On their Active at Home hub you can find downloadable exercise guides, a range of videos you can follow along with, and other resources to help you be active at home, whatever your age or ability.
If you’re able to get out and about, the Active Outdoors section holds information about a huge number of opportunities in Norfolk to be active outside, including resources for disability and dementia-friendly walks.
You can find their resources, information and guides at www.activenorfolk.org