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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Monday 13th May, 2013

IT'S time to get physical!

Keeping fit and taking regular exercise may be great for your heart, lungs and joints but it can also help to keep you in tip-top mental shape as well.

To prove it, WLCT’s (Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust) Active Living Team are inviting everyone in the borough to find out more about how to train for a fit and active mind at a special activity taster session at Wigan's Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre, Loire Drive, Wigan.

The event on Wednesday May 15 is part of this year's national Mental Health Awareness Week celebrations. Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme for this year's week is physical activity and wellbeing. Working with the national organisers WLCT aim to show that staying healthy really can improve your quality of life and help to make you happy.

The event at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre runs from 10am until 2pm and the free activities on offer include Tai Chi, Pilates and Boxercise. You can dance yourself to happiness with a free Zumba session and there's a chance to try some fast-paced wheelchair sports, whether you are disabled or not.

For those who like fresh air with their exercise there is a bike ride and an organised walk.

The final session really is a 'taster' session because it's a presentation on healthy eating with the chance to create your own healthy wrap for lunch.

Mental health charity MIND estimate that as many as one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year and Wigan Borough is not immune to the problems.

On the day there will also be a market place where a number of organisations working in the field of mental health will have stalls. Staff will be on hand to provide information on help, support and activities taking place locally.

WLCT Chief Executive Stuart Murray says: “Mental Health Awareness Week is an event we are proud to support each year. This year's theme of physical activity is right up our street. Telling everyone about the virtues and value of adopting a healthy lifestyle and taking regular exercise is what we do.

“Exercise can help improve your confidence and self-esteem and research also suggests that it can influence the release of chemicals in your brain that make you feel good.”

Stuart adds: “Staying active can lift your mood, reduce stress, help you deal with negative emotions and even help with anxiety and reduce the risk of depression and dementia.

“We can help everyone find the healthy lifestyle and exercise routine that is right for them, so come along to our free taster session to find out more.”

The full timetable for the day is:
  • 10am - Tai Chi

  • 10:15am - Walk

  • 10:30am - Wheelchair Sports

  • 11am - Boxercise

  • 11:15am – Cycle (bikes and helmets provided)

  • 11:30am - Zumba

  • Noon - Pilates

  • Healthy eating demo & make your own wraps

For more information or to book on any of the tasters, including the healthy eating talk (booking is essential so we can ensure we have enough food to go round), please contact WLCT's Active Living Team on 01942 488481 . You can also drop the team an email at: activeliving@wlct.org

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