Banish the winter blues with RED January

Residents are being urged to banish the winter blues by getting active every day for RED (Run Every Day) January.

Residents are being urged to banish the winter blues by getting active every day for RED (Run Every Day) January.

North Yorkshire Sport and the County Council are encouraging everyone to take up a daily activity to boost their physical and mental health during the dark days of winter.

Whether it’s walking, swimming, running, cycling, dancing or anything that gets your heart rate up, RED January is a month-long challenge which aims to support people to get active during the characteristically tough month. Whether it’s exercising solo, with friends, family, colleagues or even your dog, you decide where and when is best for you to enjoy your daily activity.

People can get involved by sharing their RED January journey with North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire County Council over social media to help encourage others to get more active and support each other.

Residents are being asked to share selfies, videos or views from their favourite activity, to tag @NorthYorksSport and @NorthYorksCC in posts and include the hashtag #REDJanuaryNorthYorkshire so their message can be re-shared across the county.

David Watson, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire Sport said; “If you’re looking for ways to kick-start your January by getting a little more active, there are a host of activities you can take part in across North Yorkshire.

“From getting out and about in the great outdoors at Dalby Forest or in the national parks, swimming in your local pool, walking around your neighbourhood or signing up to a programme like Strong and Steady, there’s something for everyone across the county.

“People can visit our website activity finder www.northyorkshiresport.co.uk/activity-finder or contact a member of our team to help them discover just the right way to get active.”

Richard Webb, the County Council’s Director of Health and Adult Social Care said: “We want as many people as possible to take part in RED January; it’s a free event designed to be inclusive for people of all fitness levels. Whether it’s a regular run or a daily walk, physical activity is a powerful tool in helping take care of your mental health and wellbeing, as well as keeping yourself physically fit.

“Mental health is something I am passionate about in my day job. We know January can be a tough month for many people for a variety of reasons, but committing to regular physical activity can be a useful tool in combatting this and starting the new year on a positive footing.”

Of those who took part in 2018, 87 per cent said they felt significantly better physically and mentally as a result.

Each year the community taking part in RED January has grown in strength and support, with almost 65,000 in the UK taking part this January. Supporters have included Dame Kelly Holmes, Fearne Cotton and Dr Rangan Chatterjee.

The flexible nature of the challenge and the fact that it’s free means people of any age - from eight to 82-years-old – can get involved.

There’s no need to officially log your daily activity, but you can download the Red January calendar to track your activities.

You can also sign up online to raise money for the mental health charity Mind.

RED January partners with Mind and has raised £1.7m for the mental health charity over the past three years.

You can register for free to be a part of the fundraising if you choose, at; https://www.redjanuaryformind.co.uk/

This story was published 20 December 2019