Below is another article, by guest contributor, Nigel Whalley, about his personal experience of how exercising outdoors in Preston, helped his mental health during the lock-down…
My own experience
My own experience from the recent lock-down, wasn’t easy, with thoughts of life coming to a standstill and watching my plans for all the events which I booked on, cascade like dominoes. However, within days in a warm sunny April I found the answer and was able to get my daily allowance of exercise. My recycled mountain bike managed, on average, 11 miles per day. I cycled along quiet roads, the lovely parks of Preston, with stunning backdrop on the River Ribble. I enjoyed watching many other people determined to do the same. What an amazing time to appreciate our local community and stay fit, without the need for extensive travel. Looking back to April and May, I’d probably enjoyed those peaceful moments and found a positive response to the situation by cycling, walking and running, within our great city.
How exercise helped me with my anxiety
The lock-down meant facing the unknown from a daily perspective and in order to help with anxiety, I found that exercise provided a solution to prevent my mental health from deteriorating further. Exercise is by far the best for improving mental health, and I have now returned to the gym. It’s nice to be lifting weights again, but without any form of outdoor exercise during the long lock-down, I would have been more unfit, tired and mentally drained.
I would recommend that you find time to do at least 45 minutes of exercise per day, as you will benefit from this in the long term.
The pictures in this article have been taken by Nigel Whalley who is also an amateur photographer.