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This Girl Can encourages more women to move more outside through new campaign

A group of women walking in Sussex
Women taking part in a series of walks organised by Diversity Resource international (DRI) and funded by the East Sussex Wellbeing fund

This Girl Can encourages more women to move more outside through new campaign

This Girl Can’s new campaign ‘Let’s Get Out There’ is encouraging more women to explore and enjoy the natural environment more.

There are so many benefits to spending time in green and blue spaces, both physically and mentally.

Yet, research has shown that women, and particularly those from culturally-diverse backgrounds, have greater barriers to accessing and enjoying outdoor spaces.

With this in mind we would urge our partners to think how you can encourage women to get outside more.

Perhaps you could move your yoga class to an outside location in the warmer weather or host a social event outdoors.

Perhaps you could encourage your participants to walk, wheel or cycle to your session – enjoying the great outdoors as a warm-up before taking part in the main event.

Sussex is blessed with the incredible South Downs, a multitude of parks and green spaces, the coast, lakes and rivers to explore.

Dee Harmer runs Fish2Water, an open water swimming organisation in Eastbourne. 

She said: “Women who exercise in the sea, surrounded by the vast blue space of nature, find not only physical rejuvenation but also profound mental clarity and emotional peace. 

“The embrace of the ocean’s waves and the endless horizon provide a unique sanctuary where body, mind, and spirit are harmoniously revitalized.”

Rebecca Birrane, Head of Walking Experience, for The Ramblers said: “Walking is such an easy form of exercise, it’s free, you can walk from home and you don’t require any specialist kit to get started. You can simply slip on a pair of comfortable shoes and go for a short walk outside. 

“Studies show that even walking briskly for ten minutes increases mental alertness and positive mood. Walking can also help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.” 

“It’s not just about your physical health and mental health,” explains Ramblers member Jeanette. “If you make it fun, a walk is laughter and freedom in the fresh air with people who have a common goal. It is fabulous.”

We would love to hear how you are making the most of the great outdoors – if you would like us to feature your organisation, then email abunce@activesussex.org

A group of ethnically diverse women walking along a promenade in Sussex
Women taking part in a series of walks organised by Diversity Resource international (DRI) and funded by the East Sussex Wellbeing fund
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