This February why don’t you take some time out to talk about Mental Health? A new month in a new year is the perfect way to do so! Here at Life Leisure, we would really recommend sharing your thoughts with someone whether they are happy or sad. Even if you feel uncomfortable about doing so it will be the best thing you do, just remember you are not alone!

Were you aware, exercise is an anti-anxiety medication that is both natural and effective? Through the release of endorphins, it relieves tension and stress, increases physical and mental vitality, and improves your overall well-being. Could attending Life Leisure help ease your mind? We have a mind-blowing number of physical activities to choose from whether it being a fitness class or a general swim. Something is better than nothing!

If you’re new to exercise, our studio classes are a great place to start. Group exercise can help you achieve great things, whether you want to get fitter, tone up or just get out of the house and have a bit of ‘you time’. We have classes on offer such as: Body Conditioning, Body Pump, the famous ‘BLT’ (Bums, Legs and Tums), Zumba, Yoga and Pilates. Don’t be afraid! You can start at a lower intensity or use lighter weights and build upon this as your fitness level improves and you feel stronger. These classes are fantastic no matter what your current fitness level and they allow you to push yourself using alternatives. Exercise and physical activity are great ways to feel better, boost your mood, socialise and even make new friends.

Prefer going for a dip? Life Leisure manage several swimming pools across Stockport, with plenty of provision for public swimming seven days a week. Swimming is available to the public and members at Life Leisure during publicised public swimming sessions. Regular swimming, even just half an hour at a time, can be effective for lowering incidences of depression and anxiety and improve sleep patterns.

Time to Talk Day encourages us to open up about our emotional well-being and to break down mental health stigma, with the belief that there are always opportunities in our daily lives, whether at work, school, university, or home, to check in on one another’s wellbeing and mental health. Remember, you are not alone.

For more mental health support, please contact your GP or access a help service such as Samaritans.