27 Apr 2021

Rediscover wellness: Local things to do for body and mind

Looking after ourselves, both in mind and body has been one of the watchwords of life under lockdown. With many shops selling out of home gym equipment and people feeling bored by the same old daily walk, the relaxation of the rules which came in on 12 April provides us with an opportunity to mix things up, change the routine and be kind to ourselves. Here are some ideas to boost your wellbeing in Reading:


Swap your living room for the gym

Gyms and leisure centres have reopened since 12 April to provide some structure, professional equipment and advice on keeping the good habits formed in lockdown going. With Government advice still stressing outdoors is safest, a dip in open water is easily found in Reading – try the Thames at Thames Valley Park or the new open water swimming lake at Caversham Lakes. Paddle boarding and kayaking is also possible locally, while open-air Thames Lido is open again for swimming members and Council pools open their doors again.

Take a walk in a (different) park

Reading is blessed with great open-air spaces in which to socialise with up to 6 people or one other household. Socialising is good for our mental health, so why not meet up with friends and family (sticking to the guidelines) in Forbury Gardens, for a walk to Sonning Lock or a circuit of Prospect Park.

Get training

For those who have used lockdown to good effect, there are still places left on November’s Reading Half Marathon. And with Wimbledon on the horizon, outdoor tennis courts are open again in Reading’s parks.

Pamper yourself

Pampering is good for the soul. Plan ahead and book a one-night yoga break at Reading’s very own five-star hotel, the Roseate or a room with a pool at the Novotel Reading Centre. Packages start from 17 May. Or meet friends or family for an outdoor dining experience ort just for a coffee in the sun.

Be kind to yourself and your body and make the most of the opportunities the relaxation of rules allows us. Just be sure to remember Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air. For more ideas visit our 'things to do in Reading' guide.