19th January 2017

According to The Daily Mail, the Monday just gone is known by psychologists as ‘Blue Monday’, as it’s supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. The Mail states this is because “people are at their loneliest, debt levels are at their highest after Christmas and the weather is at its worst.” What is more is that, because of Donald Trump and Brexit, this year is supposedly meant to be even worse than ever!

So, when you’re feeling so low, why on earth would you want to venture out to WHISC for a bit of physical exercise?

Well, one good reason is that, according to the American Psychological Association, just five minutes of exercise will help to lift those blues! What is more, research shows that exercise can help alleviate long-term depression as well.

Another good reason to exercise is that researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine state that women who don’t exercise age faster. So, if you want to hold back the clock, get moving!

Actually, according to the NHS, it transpires that exercise is a bit of a wonder drug! Not only does it help fight off depression and aging but, amongst the many things it can also help to reduce the risk of heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, dementia… and even death itself!

But there’s even better news – research has found that those of us who exercise just 1 or 2 hours a week get nearly the same benefits as those who exercise regularly. So there’s no need to be a fitness bunny – a sluggish snail is almost just as good! The important thing, it seems, is simply to get some exercise.

So let me give you a rundown of WHISC’s exercise classes:

  • Yoga for Wellbeing: Mondays, 4.30-5.30pm
  • Belly Dancing: Tuesdays, 1-2pm (from 21st Feb)
  • Pilates: Thursdays, 1-2pm
  • Tai Chi: Thursdays, 6-7pm

And the really good news is that all the above are FREE! So, for no financial obligation whatsoever, you could make a real difference to your life!

For more information about any of the above, classes coming soon, or anything else that WHISC do, please do get in touch.