A New Year should always bring inspiration for the months ahead. New Year’s resolutions, Dry January and a time to focus on traditions.

Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland has had a busy, enduring year of figures, stats, debates and more challenges than we care to imagine. But somewhere in those tired dark hours there are some nice looking forward thoughts for sharing:

It’s become a bit of a tradition for me. Every year, during the winter holidays, I pour over the cycling and running events calendar for the next year and try to chart a pathway of training that navigates me through the coming months. Not this year. It’s not that I’ve fallen out of love with training or the events- it’s just that, like everyone else, I’ve had to make do in 2020. And I discovered something important. Exercise- physical activity of any sort- doesn’t always need to be with a goal in mind. 2020 has forced me to recall that just the sheer enjoyment of activity for the sake of it- mixing it up and varying it so that runs, cycles, gym sessions or walks with those that matter, all contribute meaningfully to my sense of physical and mental wellbeing. So, 2021 will be a little different, and though I’ll still enjoy the odd mass participation event, the focus will be simply on pure enjoyment, outside as often as possible, with people who matter.

How are you going to invest in yourself through physical activity during 2021?