The New Year often brings with it plenty of resolutions for the coming months - from quitting smoking or giving up alcohol to losing weight and getting fit - but these plans can be difficult to stick to alone.
However, there are plenty of groups in Eastwood and Kimberley which can help keep you on track and make 2015 a successful year.
Cut down on alcohol
For many people, the new year is a great opportunity to cut down on the booze after an over-indulgent Christmas. There are lots of suggestions on how to cut down your alcohol intake at www.drinkaware.co.uk. If you would like to find out more about giving up alcohol for good, go along to your local Living Sober meeting - there is one held in Kimberley at the Parish Hall on Newdigate Street at 8pm on the first Wednesday of every month.
Losing weight and getting fit
January is probably not the best time to jump on the scales, so if you are feeling a bit guilty about all the turkey dinners and chocolates you enjoyed over the festive period, here are some suggestions on where to go to get fit and burn off some of those calories.
Kimberley: Kimberley Leisure Centre on Newdigate Street is a great place to get active as it offers a huge range of activities including fitness classes, swimming and a fitness suite, The council is currently running an offer with two free months of gym membership. For more information call Membership Advisor Helenka Kruczkowska on 0115 917 3366.
Alternatively there is the Kimberley and District Striders running club which meets at 7.15pm every Wednesday at the Kimberley Leisure Centre. The club caters for all ages over 13 years and all abilities and takes part in local league races. Visit www.kadsrunning.co.uk.
Selston: Everyone Active Selston Leisure Centre on Chapel Road Set is home to a gym with the latest fitness equipment, a group exercise studio, sports hall, outdoor astro turf pitch and range of children’s activities. Visit www.everyoneactive.com or call 01773 781800 for details.
Eastwood: Go on a walk with a friend, the dog or just by yourself. The AA have a walk on their website called ‘In the footsteps of DH Lawrence’ (www.theaa.com/walks) which is a 5.7-mile walk setting off from Colliers Wood, and Broxtowe Borough Council have collated a list of walking routes on their website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk.
If you need a bit more structure to your walk then join the Broxtowe Ramblers who walk every Sunday and Wednesday around the Broxtowe district. They have some walks in Kimberley and Brinsley coming up so check their walking programme at www.broxtoweramblers.co.uk to join them.
As well as speaking to your local doctor about quitting smoking, www.nhs.uk/smokefree offers lots of support and advice as well as a free stop smoking kit. Not only will quitting improve your health but it could also save you lots of money on cigarettes.