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Keeping fit and exercising boosts your mood, eases stress and helps with the mental wellbeing of young people, say a group of under 21s who love their time at our Skegness fitness suite.

The four young people are supporting our New Year: New You campaign – encouraging people of all ages to ‘get up and get active’ more often during 2019. Part of our campaign is to highlight the importance of younger people keeping healthy as figures show rising levels of obesity across East Lindsey – with issues regarding children as young as 10.

Nationally, there is also concern about the impact of social media on the mental wellbeing of young people. Just last month heartbroken father Ian Russell, from Middlesex, told the national media how his 14‐year‐old daughter Molly died after viewing scores of images glorifying self‐harm and suicide, which she accessed on social media.

Louis Wise, 19 and 21‐year‐old Liam Humphries like to keep fit regularly. They went to Skegness Academy together when they were younger, but had lost touch until they met again at the Fitness Suite
While talking over their school days, the pair took time out to support the campaign.

“You need to take physical exercise, and not just exercise your brain. It is so important for anyone’s mental health and when you come to a gym like this the staff are great and you meet other people. It is so good for you,” said Louis.

Liam agreed: “Exercise triggers those good mental health endorphins and I would advise anyone to give it a go.”

Students Poppy Haywood and Abi Mills are 17‐year‐olds studying A‐levels at the town’s Grammar School.
As friends, they train together and find it a great way of combatting stress, especially during studies for exams – it also means they can indulge in the odd take‐away!

“We do feel a lot healthier and yes, it certainly helps a lot with a young person’s physical and mental health. Come and give it a go,” they both agreed.

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