Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall

#ThisGirlCan It's time to choose you

Active Cornwall supports This Girl Can Week to inspire women in Cornwall to return to activity after lockdown

  • Taking place from 12th-19th June, the first-ever This Girl Can Week celebrates how exercise can make women feel happier, stronger and free
  • After a year in which many women have felt unable to put their own needs first, TGC Week is encouraging women across the country to take time to 'choose you'

After a year of disruption and women's activity levels decreasing, the This Girl Can campaign is encouraging all women to take time out to get active with a dedicated 'This Girl Can Week' from 12th-19th June.

The week comes following Sport England's research which shows that women have particularly struggled to maintain their activity habits during the coronavirus pandemic. Further data shows that women are less likely to return to activity than men, with the most prevalent barriers including not feeling fit enough, childcare responsibilities and worries about COVID-19.

With the message of 'it's time to choose you' in mind, the week is about putting the spotlight on women and exercise, celebrating how getting active can make women feel happier, stronger, and free. Whether they choose to do a brisk walk, a slow run, a trip to the pool or dance round the living room with friends - it all counts.

Active Cornwall will be supporting the week, encouraging women in Cornwall to 'choose you' and get active in a way that works for them for the benefit of their wellbeing.

During This Girl Can Week, a number of activities will be taking place across the county:

  • HSBC UK Breeze offers fun and free, women-only bike rides for all abilities. During This Girl Can Week, you can join them in Wadebridge, Bodmin, and Penzance. Ride leaders regularly post details of their rides on www.letsride.co.uk or their Facebook page 'Breeze Network Devon and Cornwall'.
  • OneFitMama is a leading post-natal fitness company with classes offering a safe and welcoming space for new mums and their babies. Their classes are taking place in Saltash, Launceston, Looe, Bodmin and St Austell, details can be found on their website at www.onefitmama.co.uk If you cannot get to a class near you, they also have online classes to do in the comfort of your own home.
  • Sweaty Mama is for all mums who want to enjoy the benefits exercise brings and bond with their babies in a safe and friendly community. Classes are being offered in Camborne, Falmouth and St Ives. Details can be found on their Facebook Page www.cornwallsouth.sweatymama.com or on their Facebook Page 'Sweaty Mama Cornwall South'.

With the message of 'it's time to choose you' in mind, the week is about putting the spotlight on women and exercise, celebrating how getting active can make women feel happier, stronger, and free. Whether they choose to do a brisk walk, a slow run, a trip to the pool or dance round the living room with friends - it all counts.

This Girl Can will be sharing stories on social media, suggesting activities, and stimulating discussions throughout the week, helping to support women to get involved in physical activity at their own pace, regardless of fitness levels or ability.

Kate Dale, This Girl Can Campaign Lead, said:

"We know that the last year has been especially difficult for women when it comes to doing something for themselves, particularly when it comes to getting physically active.

"The work we do through This Girl Can aims to frame exercise in a way that highlights each and every benefit we can all get from moving more, like feeling healthier, better mental and emotional health, flexibility, building strength and  most importantly  having fun.

"Through our first-ever This Girl Can Week, we want to help inspire and encourage women to become more active while showcasing the many fantastic ways they can do so. No matter your shape, size or ability, now is the time to choose you and celebrate moving your body in whatever way makes you feel good."

Samantha Lawrence, Active Cornwall, said:

"I've always struggled to commit to physical activity, whether that's active travel, gym classes or sports. As a new mum, I'm finding it even tougher to find the time to prioritise myself and get physically active, particularly after the last year we've all had. But I know it's important, it's about giving myself permission to 'choose me' and recognising that no-one is going to judge me for putting my needs first for the 30 minutes it takes me to complete a Couch to 5K jog, or for what I'm wearing.

"W want to support other women across Cornwall to give themselves permission to 'choose you' and to have fun while doing it. Dance in the kitchen, jog with your baby in their pram or join a women only bicycle ride. Whatever you choose to do, choose you."

 

You can also support This Girl Can Week on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThisGirlCanUK

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisgirlcanuk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisGirlCanUK/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisgirlcanuk