28.05.24

Building bonds through exercise

In today’s world, the significance of exercise extends far beyond just physical health. While the benefits of regular physical activity on our bodies are well-documented, its impact on our social wellbeing is equally as powerful. From forging new connections to combating loneliness, exercise can play a huge role in shaping vibrant and interconnected communities – which happens to be one of our top priorities in our mission to develop a healthier and more active community.

One of the clearest social benefits of exercise is its ability to bring people together. Whether it’s joining a sports team, attending group classes, or simply going for a jog with a friend, exercise provides numerous opportunities for social interaction. These shared experiences not only strengthen existing relationships but also create new ones, building a sense of family outside the home.

Additionally, exercise serves as a powerful tool for breaking down barriers and promoting inclusivity. Regardless of age, gender, ability or background, everyone can participate in some form of physical activity. This inclusivity creates spaces where individuals from diverse walks of life can come together and learn from one another. At Life Leisure we are working hard to make our hubs more inclusive for all. There should be no barriers to the benefits of community activity and wellbeing. You can find out more on our inclusive offerings here: https://www.lifeleisure.net/inclusion/

As mentioned earlier, physical activity can also play a crucial role in combating social isolation and loneliness, which have become increasingly prevalent issues since the COVID-19 pandemic – especially in the older generations. By engaging in regular physical activity and visiting local gyms, pools or wellness centres, individuals have the opportunity to connect with others in a safe and stimulating environment. No matter your age or ability, alleviating feelings of loneliness and improving mental wellbeing through the power of exercise is possible. Group exercise classes or community sessions are perfect examples of this as they encourage making new connections and quite often you’ll find people with similar interests as yourself.

Family relationships inside the home can also reap benefits by exercising together. Family outings for walks, bike rides, or playing sports not only promote physical health but also strengthen familial bonds. These shared experiences create lasting memories and provide opportunities for meaningful conversations. Making physical activity part of daily life will also create habits in young people which will carry on with them throughout their life, passing on positive relationships with exercise and ensuring a healthier, more active future for the next generation.

It’s clear to see the social impact of exercise cannot be overstated. Beyond its well-known benefits for physical health, exercise has the power to nurture connections, promote inclusivity, combat loneliness, boost confidence, strengthen family bonds, and build stronger communities.

We like to think of our Life Leisure community as more of a family. Being part of a family, whether biological or chosen adds an element of accountability, motivation, and enjoyment in the journey to wellness. Whether it’s the encouragement from workout buddies or the friendly competition among teammates, exercising with others can inspire individuals to push their limits and achieve their goals.

We’re thrilled to welcome people all over Stockport into our ever-growing family. For information on all our hubs and activities, please visit www.lifeleisure.net or find your local hub and pop in to speak to a member of the team.

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