Keep active over break

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Sports bosses have urged people to stay active over the festive period.

Lancashire Sport Partnership, which has their head offices in Leyland, say mental health can be affected over Christmas through loneliness, worry and stress.

Staying active can help to beat that.

Dr Alan Cohen, a GP with a special interest in mental health, said that when people get depressed or anxious, they often feel they are not in control of their lives.

He said: “Exercise gives them back control of their bodies and this is often the first step to feeling in control of other events.”

He also suggested planning simple exercise such as walking the dog, visiting the park, going for a gentle run or going for a walk with friends.

For more support or advice about getting and staying active, visit NHS Choices and get active with Lancashire Sport.