30 ways in 30 days exercise plan is launched

For those people feeling sluggish after all the season’s festivities, a simple exercise plan has been launched by Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall team (live on 13 January).

Called ’30 ways in 30 days’ the plan aims to help people who haven’t exercised for some time and perhaps find the thought of doing any exercise a bit daunting.

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With tasks such as going for a walk or doing chair-based exercises this plan creates simple, easy ways for people to get moving again, taking small steps towards getting that little bit healthier.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health Cllr Sally Hawken said: “For lots of people, joining a gym or going for a run is too much of an obstacle and this plan aims to break down any barriers that exist to someone starting to do exercise. The plan suggests a new activity every day, with day one simply going for a ten minute walk.

“This is ideal for someone who does little to no exercise and it encourages people to focus on the positive feelings they get from taking those little steps, instead of focusing on any feelings of guilt, specifying that if you miss a day there is no reason to give up, just get back on it the next day”.

Deputy Director of Cornwall Council public health, Steve Brown said: “A new activity will be loaded onto Healthy Cornwall’s website every day, with a video guide to talk you through that day’s session. The idea is that people can check in daily and see what it is they should try to do, without being overwhelmed by seeing the whole month in one go and perhaps thinking that it is too much for them.”

The website also offers some useful tips to help people stay on track, such as:

  • Plan your day ahead and make the commitment of what time you will exercise
  • Put your coat and trainers out by the front door so they are ready and waiting when you get home
  • Keep a pair of suitable walking shoes at work
  • Arrange a date with your buddy to do a buddy exercise session, there’s less chance of you changing your mind if you commit with someone else
  • Keep a diary or note on your phone of how you feel every day. It will help you see your improvement, which is a great booster
  • If you need to get up earlier to exercise but you sometimes snooze the alarm, try putting it further away from the bed so you have to get up to turn it off - you’re up now so you might as well exercise!

The scheme launches on Monday 13 January when you can sign up by texting “30ways” to 82228 and by doing so you will receive a text every day for the 30 days with prompts to visit the website to see what the activity is. Everyone who completes the 30 days will receive special offers from local leisure centres.

You can also follow Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall Facebook or Twitter account who will tweet the new activity every day, as well as tweeting tips to help people stay motivated.

General advice on staying healthy can be found on the Healthy Cornwall website. 

Story posted on 9 January