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17th / Jan / 2023

As we enter a new year, we once again find ourselves juggling workloads, family time and everyday life, making time for you can slip down the list! In 2023 make YOU the priority and enjoy the benefits of feeling better, both physically and mentally. We've detailed ways to help you start thinking about improving your wellbeing.

Check in on your Health

Take time to check in with yourself and notice your health and wellness needs. From a brisk walk in the park listening to your favourite podcast or setting new goals in the gym, get your New Year resolution wellness journey on track.

Want to move more? PureGym and TheGymGroup both are open 24/7 so you can work out at a time that suits you. You'll have access to several free classes a week and over 200 pieces of fitness equipment. So whether you’re a beginner, working with a Personal Training or you’re picking up where you left off, there’s so much to discover when it comes to new ways to workout. Along with your new health and fitness journey, you’re going to want to keep on top of the overall health of your body. Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Gym offers a modern club that is more than a gym, with swimming and steam room facilities to on-site wellbeing experts including physiotherapists. View treatments and book now. 

Don’t fancy joining up to a gym membership? Exercise in one of our many parks and open spaces, 10 of which have outdoor gyms and tennis courts for you to enjoy. Workout at your pace from an easy jog with listening to your favourite playlist to a game of tennis with friends. View all our parks here.

Redbridge parks


Going vegan for health reason's or giving the Veganuary challenge a go?

That doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite comfort foods as more restaurants, coffee shops and your go-to locals expand their vegan menu choices. Check out some of the options below.

If you are looking for somewhere with a plenty of plant-based dishes, head over to Nando’s. For the sweet-treats Starbucks has new plant-based bakery options Banana Caramel Muffin and Raspberry & Almond Mini Loaf. Royal Nawaab offer a selection of plant-based Indian dishes and Chopstix offer a great vegetable noodles dish. Track your healthier eating habits with NHS Better Health app.

Nandos vegan Wrap


Give your body and mind some space and reap the benefits of calmness and clarity. The beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some personal downtime. Leave the stress of your responsibilities behind and choose to wind down and reflect in a way of your liking.

From getting lost in a book at the local library, watching a play at the theatre, having some zen time with an Introduction to Yoga and Pilates session or learn a new hobby this year by joining the local knit and natter group. View all activities available in Redbridge.

Set Boundaries

Help manage your time and stress levels by setting some simple boundaries. Take that all-important lunch break during the working week, have out time for you, and be clear about how much time you can dedicate to others. 

Be kinder to yourself. Good Thinking app supports Londoners to look after their mental health and wellbeing in a way that works for them, offering services to help tackle anxiety, stress, low mood, sleep problems and other concerns. 

Make time for you and treat yourself. From a walk outdoors in the fresh air to booking yourself in at the hairdresser, do a little retail therapy or spend some extra you time in the sauna and steam room at the Fitness First gym. Arrange to visit a friend or head out and book a solo cinema trip.

Fitnessfirst steamroom

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