More ways to get outdoors and keep healthy

September is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts – and that could include your health too.

The government recently launched its Better Health campaign, helping people kick-start and improve their health and wellbeing.

Everyone, regardless of their body size or composition, benefits from eating healthily and engaging in regular physical activity.

The key is to make movement enjoyable so that it becomes something you look forward to doing rather than dread, a habit not a chore.

If the thought of getting hot and sweaty leaves you feeling cold, why not swap the cardio for resistance work? Or a brisk walk through the beautiful countryside rather than a run around the block?

Getting out in the fresh air is good for the mind and body so here are some more ideas…


Take a cycle this September

September can be a beautiful month to get out and about on your bike and explore the local area, breathe in some countryside and perhaps pick a blackberry.

It’s still not too late to join Cycle September, a global competition to help more people realise the benefits of riding a bike.

You can earn points by riding and encouraging others to try. A ride can be anywhere – to school, the shops, or even a quick spin around your local park.

Log your rides and earn points to be entered into a prize draw.

For ideas, inspiration and tips about cycling around North Somerset and the West of England, visit Better By Bike.

You can also use the online route planner, which can also show bike pumps, cycle shops and BMX tracks on the map.


New tennis courts being served up

Three dilapidated tennis courts in Weston-super-Mare are now being refurbished to bring them back into use.

Work started this week on the courts at Ashcombe Park and include a total resurface, new fencing and an automated gate access system so users can book the courts online.

Annual memberships will be available, with opportunities for tennis coaching.

Weather permitting, work is due to finish by the end of October. More details about how to book will be announced before the courts open.

The £85,000 project comes after North Somerset Council secured a Sport England Community Assets grant of £40,000 to match fund the section 106 developer contributions it had identified for improving the courts.

Work was originally due to start in the spring but was delayed because of coronavirus.