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Red January FAQs’

What is RED January?

RED January is a community initiative that encourages you to support your mental health by doing something active every single day.

Whether it is running 5k, or walking to work a new way, a morning swim or taking your bike out for a spin – join the thousands of people around the UK kick-starting their 2019 in the most positive way.

How can physical activity help support your mental health?

RED January is founded on research that physical activity can have a positive impact on your mental health.

87% of REDers reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally after completing RED January 2018 according to the post-RED survey.

More information about the importance of physical activity to mental health can be found on Mind’s website.

Why January?

RED January can provide you with a goal and focus to help you through a characteristically tough month.

Typically we can be cash poor in January; RED January is free and all-inclusive.

RED January can empower, educate and support you to start the year as you mean to go on, forming healthy habits to continue throughout January and beyond.

What if exercising every day seems too daunting?

Whether you’re planning on swimming lengths every morning, walking 10 mins a day, attending your favourite fitness class or running 100 miles in the month, every achievement is celebrated no matter how big or small.

You can scale things up or ease them back, just keep listening to your body. RED experts will be on hand to offer handy tips and advice.

Are there any risks associated with exercising every day?

In most circumstances, exercising is beneficial for your mental and physical health and can be helpful as part of a long-term recovery or treatment plan. But there are some situations where you might need to take extra care in case it starts to become a problem for you.

It’s important to be aware that you could be at risk of over-exercising. RED January encourages setting realistic goals, tailored to YOU. We are all unique and our approach to exercise should be also. The general advice is that exercise should be around 30 minutes per day, no more than 45 minutes.

We also encourage REDers to mix up their routine with yoga and stretching, doing low impact sports where possible and rest when needed.

Find more information about exercising safely on Mind’s website.

Where does RED January take part?

At a location that suits you. Whether you’re exercising solo, with friends, family, colleagues, or even your pet dog, you decide where and when is best for you to enjoy your daily activity

You can also feel supported in the knowledge that you will be part of a growing community of REDers around the country that will be out and about getting active at the same time as you.

Getting Started with RED January

How do I register?

Head back to our Registration Page and provide up with your details. Once we have safely received your registration form, we will send your official welcome email filled with hints, tips and fundraising resources.

Registration for RED January is free ensuring the RED experience is as inclusive as possible.

When is the deadline to register for RED January 2019?

The deadline to register for RED January is 3 January 2019. We recommend that you register early to get the most out of your RED January experience, including access to RED materials like t-shirts and shoelaces which are provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

How do I get a RED t-shirt?

We are excited to share RED’s exclusive RED January 2019 technical t-shirts (including some very special touches).

As the t-shirts do come at a significant cost, there is a charge of £10 to help cover these costs and ensure funds raised from those taking part in RED January are used to support better mental health.

After you have registered to take part, you will receive a welcome email which will include details on how to order your shirt. A range of sizes in unisex and female fit are available. Please note that all t-shirts are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

I did not purchase a RED t-shirt when I registered and I now would like to buy one. Can I still buy a t-shirt?

As t-shirts are available on a first-come-first-served basis, we would recommend that you buy a t-shirt as soon as possible if you would like one. We cannot guarantee that t-shirts will still be available to latecomers, but you can email redjanuary@solentmind.org.uk at any time to check availability.

I am under 16 – can I still take part in RED January?

Yes – taking part in healthy physical activity when young is a great way to form good habits for the future. These habits will help you stay well and support your physical and mental wellbeing.

If you are under 16, please check with your parent or guardian to get their permission to take part. When fundraising out and about or at school, it’s always best to involve your parent, guardian or teachers to ensure you are safely handling cash and banking it in the correct way.

What will you do with any personal information I give you?

We will look after any personal information you share with us. This is central to our values as an organisation. We want everyone who supports us, or who comes to us for support, to feel confident about how any personal information they share will be looked after or used.

Please read our privacy policy for full details on how we process, store and use personal data. If you’d like to update your choices or to stop us sending you updates, please contact info@solentmind.org.uk.

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