- Friday, 06 January 2012
Many of us make resolutions each New Year which we struggle to keep or indeed start, so Forestry Commission England is making it easier for you with a wide range of cheap and fun activities to get you in shape.
Research has shown that not only can woodlands play a part in helping you become physically fit but getting outdoors can also help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing. With a Forestry Commission wood never more than half an hour away there’s no excuse for not going into the New Year looking and feeling great.
All our sites are great places to stretch legs and whether it’s a brisk stroll or a gentle walk, we can accommodate your needs. With hundreds of miles of paths to explore the calories will drop of as you follow our trails through the trees, and if you join on of our health walk events you can get out in the fresh air whilst meeting new people.
Why not try your hand at Nordic Walking? It’s a brilliant way to burn calories as the specially designed poles mean both your upper and lower body muscles are getting a workout, and it’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Several of our woodlands across England offer Nordic Walking sessions for all abilities, so whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional why not give it a go in the surroundings of our beautiful forests.
Conservation work is also another great way to stay healthy whilst also giving something back to your local woodland. You can sign up to a Woodland Workout or if you prefer to exercise those green fingers we have free drop in gardening sessions available.
Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair says:
“We all overindulge during the festive season so why not take up a new hobby in our forests as a fun and cheap alternative to a trip to the gym. Research shows that people enjoy themselves more when exercising outdoors. With so many classes and activities to choose from at Forestry Commission sites, we can help you stay healthy and fit.”
To see what classes and activities are happening in your area visit our website www.forestry.gov.uk/forestfit where you can also use our handy table to judge your fitness levels.
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