WHETHER YOU DECIDE TO RUN OR WALK YOUR WAY THROUGH JANUARY.
THERE ARE NO RULES. THE AIM IS TO GET ACTIVE EVERY DAY.
This is R.E.D‘s mission statement, and one I can totally get on board with. The campaign wants people to get involved by either going for a run or a walk every day in January. This year, R.E.D are partnering with Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity and one I have supported in the past with fundraising and continue to donate regularly to them. The campaign aims to promote the impact on physical and mental wellbeing that activity and exercise can have, and to get people nationwide involved in running or walking every day during January to up their activity levels.
I’m an active person and a keen runner (keen: fairweather), and as you know I’m fairly outspoken about issues concerning mental and physical health and wellbeing. So this free challenge is something I think is fantastic and accessible to a wide range of people, whether you enjoy going for a run or prefer a leisurely walk. Whether you’re an experienced runner, a regular dog-walker, or someone with a fairly sedentary lifestyle who wants to get more active, this movement is for you. January is normally the worst month of the year for many reasons: the Christmas cheer has dried up, finances are tight, the weather is dreary, and there generally isn’t much to look forward to. But the motivation of knowing you’ve joined a challenge can work wonders – especially if you sign up with friends or family. You don’t have to set daily 5k run targets – a walk down to the park or the shops counts. R.E.D’s goal is to get everyone moving, and everyone means everyone.
This year there’s been a huge focus on mental health and wellbeing which has been fantastic since people are able to open up more and are aware of the support systems and resources available to them. Campaigns are launching across different employment sectors and the main thing is we are all talking. High-profile people like Prince William, JK Rowling, Cara Delavigne, Matt Haig, and Gloria Steinem have all spoken out in support of those who are struggling. TV programmes like Mind Over Marathon have highlighted the positive impact that activity can have on the lives of those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
So I think R.E.D is a great campaign and I’ll definitely be taking part, both to up my fitness levels and to keep active every day. The gym is great, but with it being a 20-minute drive away it isn’t always easy to get there every day – but there’s no excuse not to get out and go for a jog every evening after work. It’s free to enter and you can choose to fundraise to help Mind continue their work.
You can register for free here. Go on, what have you got to lose apart from the January blues?