The third Monday in January is known as ‘Blue Monday’, allegedly the most gloomy day of the year. A combination of winter weather and feeling sluggish after the festive season contribute to feeling ‘blue’.
Help is at hand thanks to Everyone Active and Westminster City Council - who operate seven leisure centres in Westminster – who are hosting free exercise sessions in the borough to help people enjoy a Not-So-Blue Monday. Physical activity is known to lift your spirits and mood by boosting endorphins and feel-good hormones. Any physical activity will help and working out with friends or others is particularly good as you get a further lift from the social interaction.
Cllr Iain Bott, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Sports, Culture and Community said: “January can be a long, cold month for some people, so I would encourage everyone to visit one of our leisure centres and try out these free sessions. Our leisure centres offer activities to suit all ages and abilities, so anyone looking to get more active can find an exercise routine that suits them. As well as the ‘Blue Monday’ sessions, we have a free ActiveWestminster card offering discounts on leisure activities and gym memberships, including free swimming for residents over 60.”
“Exercise increases the circulation to give you a rosy glow, boosts your metabolism and gets your digestion moving nicely which are all great ways to shake off sluggish feelings and the winter blues After exercising you feel more alert and awake thanks to the fresh supply of oxygen to your brain and body and a great sense of achievement having completed a workout. Exercise is an absolute win-win to offset the winter blues so we are really pleased to offer some free sessions to help people beat Blue Monday on January 20,” says Andy Davison, Everyone Active Contract Manager.
The specially timetabled and FREE sessions on Monday January 20, 2020 are as follows and booking in advance at each site’s reception is recommended to ensure your space:
Queen Mother Sports Centre (SW1)
10:00 RPM Virtual Indoor Cycling
11:00 Bootcamp Class
15:30 Bootcamp Class
19:30 RPM Virtual Indoor Cycling
Seymour Leisure Centre (W1)
12:15 Body Pump Class
18:15 Total Body Conditioning Class
Moberly Sports Centre (NW10)
08:00 Legs Bums Tums Class (LBT)
15:30 Bootcamp Class
18:45 Circuits Class (30 minutes)