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TAOFIQUE FOLARIN: A spring in your step?

Winter is nearly finally over and there’s never been a better time to get outside. Gay London Life’s Health and Wellbeing Coach, Taofique Folarin, offers some advice
on how to make the most of the new season

I adore spring and all the positive associations it brings with it – new beginnings, growth, and renewal. It is a chance for us all to reset, spark joy, and provide positive outcomes for our well-being.

One of the main reasons for this is that the days get longer and the weather gets warmer (mostly!). It’s the perfect time to get outdoors and seek a little sunlight. Not only can this help regulate our circadian rhythm and improve our mood, but it’s easier to get active.

Let’s face it – exercise can sometimes feel like a chore. But when you get outside, you’re not just exercising – you’re immersing yourself in the beauty of nature, which can’t be replicated in a gym. Research shows that spending time in nature can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression,while boosting your mood and self-esteem. As gay men, we face unique challenges in navigating society, and taking care of our mental and physical health is essential.

So why not give try it yourself? Whether you’re a seasoned
outdoorsman or a beginner, there’s no shortage of activities to explore.
Here are just a few ideas…

1. Trail running
Take your running routine to the next level by hitting the hills. Trail running offers a challenging and exhilarating workout while surrounded by beautiful natural

2. Rock climbing
Consider taking up climbing for a full-body workout that also tests your problem-solving skills. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and build strength and endurance.

3. Swimming
Whether in the ocean, a lake, or a pool, swimming is a great, low-impact exercise that can help you build up your stamina.

4. Stand-up
Paddle Boarding. A fun and relaxing way to get a full-body workout while exploring new bodies of water. Do it well and you don’t even have to get wet!

5. Cycling
Biking is a fantastic way to get cardio while enjoying scenic views. Plus, you can easily cover longer distances on two wheels as opposed to on foot.

6. Hiking
This classic outdoor activity is great for any fitness level and the slower pace really helps to connect you with nature. Remember, finding an activity you genuinely enjoy is the key to staying motivated. Experiment with different activities and see what resonates with you.

With so many options available, you’ll find something that gets your heart pumping and your spirits soaring. The world is your playground, so get out there and play!


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