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Published: October 6, 2020 | Updated: October 6, 2020

Exercise, connection and cold water – it’s the perfect antidote to stress and mental health

Heather Ashley ‘enjoying’ an ice bath.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

It’s regarded as the perfect antidote to anyone struggling with stress or mental health as a result of Covid – and it’s coming to Dorset this Friday.

But you’ll need a towel, swimming costume/trunks, warm clothes, torch and hot flask and be up for 6am!

Because health and fitness expert Heather Ashley is launching Poole’s version of Win the Morning, Win the Day.

And it involves a two mile walk/jog and a dip in the sea, although all are optional.

The initiative was initially set up on social media in August by Chris Reeves, a Royal Navy Physical Trainer in Gosport.

It has led to groups forming across the UK and even as far afield as Bahrain.

Heather, who is a Director of Heather Ashley Health & Fitness, said: “I’m so excited to be hosting this great movement to de-stress, get our heart pumping whilst having fun and get fired up ready for the day.

“We all know the stress recent months have brought on us, and sadly more and more people have been struggling with mental health.

“Personally I’ve been running and going in the sea since March, and I can’t tell you how amazing I feel after doing it.

“It reduces the stress hormone, increases our endorphins and makes you feel incredible.

“Oh and helps to lose weight.

“Win the morning, Win the day is a great opportunity to connect within the community, chat, have a two mile walk/jog and dip in the sea (all optional) as well as feel great.

“We’ve got to accept there are certain things outside of our control, but thankfully this is fully within it.

“No matter what lies ahead it’s even more crucial we look after ourselves.

“Building our immune system through the exercise, connection and cold water.

“There is no pressure to do any of the activities.

“Everything is at your own discretion.

“However, we give you our word, you will feel great after it.

“It’s a free event with no fee and no selling.

“Just getting people outside of their comfort zones, challenging themselves and meeting some great people.”

Anyone interested in joining the weekly session should meet outside the Branksome Beach Restaurant & Terrace Bar at 6am on Friday, October 9.

Social distancing will apply.