Active Calderdale

Active Calderdale tips on restrictions safe exercising

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New Year, new COVID rules. So what can you do to keep moving and be active?

At home – You can exercise as much as you like in your own home alone or with your household.

Government guidance states:

Outside – You can continue to be exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You should maintain social distancing.

You can be active in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

This includes but is not limited to running, cycling, walking, and swimming. Personal training can continue one-on-one unless everyone is within the same household or support bubble.

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

See exercising  for full details

Why not wrap up warm, pack a flask and have a stroll around your local park and see what’s changed.  Take care if it’s icy!

Beechwood Park

Shroggs Park

Ogden Water

Calderdale Mumble has a great page on tips and local places for walking with kids.

Active Calderdale  Staying Active During COVID  has loads of ideas and free resources.

Active Calderdale advice on improving your sleep

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Getting enough sleep is so important to ensure that we feel replenished and ready for the day.

There are many reasons why we may be struggling to sleep, including working from home, stress, illness, alcohol consumption and the inability to relax.

If you need advice, have a look at these sleep guides. It is amazing how much better we all feel after a good night’s sleep!

Basic Introduction to Sleep
Introduction to the neuroscience of sleep and effects of sleep deprivation

Top 13 tips
13 tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep

Food for Thought
List of foods that help you get better sleep – and those that don’t!

It’s not too late to join in with Active Calderdale’s December challenge!

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Let’s not let the dark winter evenings stop us from getting active! Active Calderdale is challenging EVERYONE to get outside for at least 10 minutes every lunchtime during the month of December to improve our physical and mental health.

Take a look at this calendar which supports this challenge; it has interesting tasks to do each day based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing – go on, challenge yourself to complete it.

Further information on the challenge can be found here.

The Take Ten #StepOutChallenge aims to challenge everyone to get outside for at least 10 minutes every day for a walk during December. To support with this we have created a calendar which includes additional challenges based around the five ways to wellbeing to further encourage and support people to take at least 10 minutes out of their day to get outside and walk.

 How can you help?

We’d love it if you could support the challenge by doing the following:

  1. Take part in the challenge yourself, and join us on Twitter using #StepOutChallenge
  2. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to take part in the challenge
  3. Spread the word to your service users or customers and any other residents that you have contact with. We have included a pack with social media posts and some graphics to go with them. You can also download an accessible version of the calendar on our website.

Take Ten December #StepOutChallenge Full Calendar

 

Bikeability – My Free Bike Riding Training Session by Joanne Dye

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I love watching cyclists and for a long time wanted to learn how to ride a bike safely on the road. With everything COVID related, I wanted to get out more and try cycling but still this fear of being on the road was putting me off. I had mentioned to Suzy, our Active Calderdale engagement co-ordinator for North Halifax about wishing there were something linked to cycling that was easy to access in my local area. I was put in touch with a new free project run by Bikeability which provides adult one to one or family training in riding a bike.

The Bikeability instructor called beforehand to discuss what I needed and where best to meet; she was great to speak with on the phone (a real getting to know you phone call). This put me at great ease. We met up at the moor at Manor Health one week later and learned how to safely ride a cycle on the road. Her calm and clear persona made me feel comfortable and confident enough to go out on the main roads. I will be having an additional session, just to make sure I would be confident enough to take my children out on the roads.

I would highly recommend this service to anyone who is looking to get out more, build their confidence or to learn a new skill. Even if it is just to refresh your memory. It is a fun, free, 2 hour service, delivered in line with current Covid-19 Government Guidance. What have you go to lose?

To have a chat about your needs or to register for a Free session when restrictions allow, see Cycle Confidence Building – Bikeability – Active Calderdale.

 

 

Step Out and Get Your 10 Minute Stroll!

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We need your help to celebrate one thing that we CAN do this winter – go for a little walk at lunchtime!

It’s more important than ever to get active for our physical and mental health, but the dark winter months and COVID restrictions have made it more challenging for many people across the borough.

That’s why we’ve created the Take Ten #StepOutChallenge. We’re challenging everyone to walk outside for at least 10 minutes every lunchtime in December – to enjoy the daylight (if not sunlight), go to the shops, walk, round the block or even better local park. It will make you feel brighter and give you a sense of achievement, it’s worth that initial effort of getting your shoes and coat on!

Each day there will be extra optional challenges to try whilst walking, all linked to the 5 ways to wellbeing, to give everyone an extra boost! Find more details on our website.

The Take Ten #StepOutChallenge aims to challenge everyone to get outside for at least 10 minutes every day for a walk during December. To support with this we have created a calendar (see attached) which includes additional challenges based around the five ways to wellbeing to further encourage and support people to take at least 10 minutes out of their day to get outside and walk.

 How can you help?

We’d love it if you could support the challenge by doing the following:

  1. Take part in the challenge yourself, and join us on Twitter using #StepOutChallenge
  2. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to take part in the challenge
  3. Spread the word to your service users or customers and any other residents that you have contact with. We have included a pack with social media posts and some graphics to go with them. You can also download an accessible version of the calendar on our website.

Attached is the full challenge calendar, and you can find your supporters pack here: https://we.tl/t-BUNLiaa6Ey  (if this link is no longer working please contact activecalderdale@calderdale.gov.uk.

Take Ten December #StepOutChallenge Full Calendar