Feel Good Mini-Fest!

Saturday 20th July 2019, 11-5

Ocean Suite, Top Floor - Ocean, Exmouth

If you've arrived here, we're guessing you're

curious to know more about our themes:-




So, here's a jam-packed page full of

information on all three subjects.

Just find the one you most want to read below!


If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the recent recommendations for how to keep your body fit and well, we've got you covered!

Who says you have to do it all at once?  Just take baby steps.

After all, one of the biggest reasons people find exercise hard to keep up is because they try to do too much too soon, and then it really doesn't feel at all like fun.


Yet, there are many FEEL GOOD exercises that are fun, and not serious, so come join in with some of our exercise demos - see which one is most fun for you!

And in the meantime, see the infographic on the right from the NHS, and read on to find out more about exercise and nutrition:-

Why exercise is good for you

How much exercise should I be doing?

What counts as exercise?

How to eat well.

Why Exercise is Good For You

(adapted from kidshealth.org)


You've probably heard countless times how exercise is "good for you".  But did you know it can actually help you feel good, too?


Exercising causes the body to make chemicals that:-


can help you feel good

can help you sleep better

can help with mild depression

can help with low self-esteem

can help keep your body at a healthy weight

can help a person age well

helps lower obesity, type 2 diabetes, high BP. 


How Much Exercise Should I Be Doing?

(adapted from nhs.uk)


Individual physical capabilities should be considered

when interpreting these guidelines.


To stay healthy, adults should try to carry out 2 types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.


Aerobic Exercises

150 minutes a week (2 1/2) hours) of moderate aerobic activity.


75 minutes a week of vigorous intensity activity.


Combinations of moderate & vigorous intensity activity.



at least 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week.


Strength Exercises

At least 2 days a week, carry out some level of muscle strength exercises.

Aerobic Exercise

Like other muscles, the heart enjoys a good workout. Aerobic exercise is any type of exercise that gets the heart pumping and you breathing harder.  When you give your heart and lungs this kind of workout regularly, they get stronger and are better at getting oxygen to all parts of your body.


Strength Exercise

The heart isn't the only muscle to benefit from regular exercise.  When you use your muscles, they become stronger.  Strong muscles are also a plus because they support your joints and help prevent injuries.


What Counts as Exercise?(adapted from nhs.uk)

Moderate aerobic activity

  • brisk walking
  • water aerobics
  • riding a bike on level ground/hills
  • doubles tennis
  • pushing a lawn mower
  • hiking
  • rollerblading
  • netball

At moderate level, you can talk. but not sing a song.

Muscle-strength Exercises

  • using own body weight - push-ups, sit-ups, heavy gardening etc.
  • yoga
  • pilates
  • lifting weights.

Vigorous intensity activity

  • jogging or running
  • swimming fast
  • riding a bike fast or on hills
  • singles tennis
  • football
  • rugby
  • gymnastics
  • martial arts

At this level, you can't say more than a few words.


Both aerobic & muscle-strengthening

  • circuit training
  • aerobics
  • running
  • football
  • rugby
  • netball

How To Eat Well

A vegetarian diet has been found to reduce:-

- Heart Disease

- Obesity

- Hypertension

- Type 2 Diabetes

- Some types of cancer

- Damage to the environment.

Different types of vegetarians


- avoid flesh of meat and fish


- eat fish but no meat


- consume dairy but no eggs


- consume eggs but no dairy.



It is important to source nutrients, including iron, as these may be in short supply.

Vegans do not eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs.  A vegan diet contains only plants (such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits) and foods made from plants.


For a healthy vegan diet:

  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day
  • base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta
  • have dairy alternatives, such as soya drinks and yoghurts 
  • eat beans, pulses and other proteins.



According to www.dictionary.cambridge.org, well-being is defined as

“the state of ​feeling healthy and happy”

and the World Happiness Report even highlights well-being as its main factor.


The truth though, is that we are far from a well-being nation.  In the Mental Health Foundation’s 2007 booklet ‘Fundamental Facts’, the figures are quite alarming - in any one year 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one mental disorder - anxiety and depression being the most common.

And well, isn’t it any wonder, when so many of us are leading extremely busy, stressful, lives?  When we aren’t commuting, we are working 8 hours a day, looking after the children/animals/parents, catching up with household chores, helping the children with their homework, going shopping etc. etc.  Add the whole social media side of things, and we are never relaxing for more than 30 seconds before pulling out our phone, logging onto facebook, twitter etc. etc............our minds are constantly! on the go.  And many of us are running on empty.


Now whilst a little stress every now and again is fine (and we can help ourselves by eating well, exercising, getting regular sleep etc. etc.), prolonged stress can be detrimental to both mental and physical health. 

Mindfulness is fast becoming the go-to practice for wellbeing. 


Currently, it is scientifically proven to help with depression, anxiety, stress, and lack of sleep - but there is so much more research being carried out.


Mindfulness also teaches us how to feel more calm in challenging situations, and thus more able to re-spond, rather than re-act.  


But that’s not all it’s good for. 


Here’s what the Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Be Mindful’ report says of the benefits of Mindfulness:-

  • can snap out of bad moods quickly
  • lower social anxiety
  • less frequent negative thoughts
  • can express oneself better
  • improved problem-solving
  • increased focus and attention
  • increased self-awareness
  • higher self-esteem
  • more optimistic
  • greater insight
  • easier to let things go
  • better physical well-being
  • fewer visits to the doctor/hospital
  • better immune system
  • lower blood pressure.
  • better identify and describe feeling
  • more satisfying relationships
  • better at communicating
  • less likely to react defensively
  • not so stuck in repetitive thinking
  • more connected with others
  • greater life satisfaction
  • better memory
  • improved creativity
  • more compassion for self and others
  • better at learning new skills
  • easier to handle challenges
  • sleep better
  • more in control
  • improved motivation.


Few people must be in any doubt now about Climate Change and its effects. 

Well, we like to think we can be pro-active about the situation, so we've broken this section down to:-

The Current Situation

The Science

Your Own Personal Carbon Footprint

What You Can Personally Do

The Current Situation

We might as well start off by knowing where we are at. 

The image below shows the UK average personal carbon footprint, according to David Attenborough's documentary.

The Science

This exerpt has been taken directly from:-



Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.

- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia........

The evidence for rapid climate change is compelling.

Your Own Personal Carbon Footprint

If you would like to find out your own personal carbon footprint, this calculator below comes from the highly! recommended https://carbonfootprint.com.

Be warned, it is very thorough. 

And if your cookies block you, just click the link above to go straight to their calculator. 

What You Can Personally Do

Whilst the science may be true, according to the IPCC report, there really is plenty that we can be doing to help stop this from continuing. 

For instance, Devon County Council have now very recently put in some funding to help make some necessary changes County-wide.

Take a moment to read this article from DevonLive.

So, as Governments get on with what they can do, we can also pick an area that we know we can start changing, in our own life, and just start :).   

However large or small.

Every little helps

Come along to our Mini-Fest! and discover

tons of ways you can easily start to make those changes.

Click on this image for a really informative site with tons of ideas about how, and where, you can reduce, reuse, recycle.

RecycleDevon.org - part of the Devon Authorities Recycling Partnership.