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New year, new challenge, more fitness

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It’s widely known that exercise is linked to better mental health, so we are making efforts to keep active across Kaplan Financial UK.

In normal circumstances January can be difficult. But we don’t live in normal times, and the challenges have become boosted furthermore by recent announcements.

So how can we respond, within the limitations?

Of course, one way to combat this is through exercise. And since last September’s National Fitness Day, at Kaplan we’ve dedicated one hour a month to exercise. Initially this was a one off event to coincide with the special day, but our colleagues at Kaplan embraced it so much that we made it a permanent fixture for the winter months in 2020-2021.

The links between fitness and mental health are notoriously stark. As per’s comment:

Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems.


Working from home all the time can make us feel stagnated and a little claustrophobic, so getting out into the open, before it gets dark, can be an enormous boost, particularly when you might be looking to work off some of that holiday weight.

In that hour many of our staff have simply gone for a walk, a run, rode their bike or completed an online aerobics class. Of course there are many options.

So if you’re struggling to motivate yourself in these difficult times, yet are working towards a goal with your studies, please try to be mindful of your physical well being as it could inspire your mental health and productivity.

And we hope it helps to know that we are trying our best to practice what we preach!

Here’s to a healthy and successful 2021 with your studies.