​Spring is fast approaching. For those of us who aren’t already masters of their new year resolutions, it’s time to wave goodbye to Winter and embrace a healthier, sunnier outlook on life! Who’s with us?

Whether you’re looking to kick start your fitness journey, meet like-minded people or give something back to the community, you’re in luck. We have put together a few ideas to help you achieve your healthy-living goals!

Ashford Parkrun

If you’re looking to get into running and meet others who enjoy it too, why not try Ashford Parkrun. Walk, jog or run your way around a 5k route at Victoria Park. A barcode will keep a record of your time so you can track your progress week by week. Parkrun is free to attend and is open to runners of all ages and abilities, so you could even make it a family affair. You could even bring the dog!

Parkrun takes place at 9am every Saturday in Victoria Park.

For more information, take a look at our full feature of Ashford Parkrun on the loveashford blog.

​Ashford Leisure Trust

From badminton and football to swimming and cycling, there’s plenty of activities on offer at Ashford Leisure Trust. The Stour Centre has a swimming pool, a gym, studios and a group cycling zone. If you prefer attending exercise classes then you can get yourself fighting-fit by attending energetic classes including Body Combat, Body Pump, Abs Blast and Powerhoop. The gym is set to get a brand new spin studio equipped with new bikes by March this year.

​Kent Adult Education

Whether you want to improve your fitness or add something new to your exercise regime, you can try a variety of well-being classes including Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and Zumba through Kent Adult Education.

Classes take place in the Ashford Gateway, visit the website to discover a course that suits you!

​Walking for Health Groups

Walk your way to a fitter you by joining one of Ashford’s free, fun walking groups.

Explore the borough with other ramblers, enjoy the outdoors and burn some calories. Walks start from locations including Ashford Library and are led by Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes. The sessions are led by trained volunteers and there’s no need to book, simply turn up and join in.

Find out more on the Walking for Health website.

Exercise Your Mind

If you are looking to keep your brain active or just give something back to the community then why not become a reading helper for young people? Beanstalk, a national literacy charity, is searching for volunteers to become ‘Reading helpers’ within local primary schools in Ashford.

Reading Helpers support children who show disinterest in reading or have fallen behind at school, by encouraging youngsters to enjoy reading. Helpers visit a school for 90 minutes twice a week and work with three pupils on a one-to-one basis for a year. Those looking to become a reading helper will receive training, support and have a dedicated Volunteer Support Worker to help them throughout.

If you are interested in supporting Ashford’s young people and have a passion for reading, get in touch with Beanstalk by applying online.

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