RED January - Challenge Yourself To Move More Every Day

December 18, 2023

RED January is a nationwide movement for mental wellbeing – an initiative founded by Hannah Beecham in 2016.

Hannah was inspired to start RED January after witnessing the transformative effect that regular physical activity had on her Mum, as she recovered from a period of severe depression.  There is now a growing community of over 250,000 REDers, including some of our own team.

This year the campaign encourages us all to move every day and make real changes, not new year resolutions by choosing a January challenge that works for you and your lifestyle.

That way, you’ll be more likely to continue the habits you form well beyond January. Some of the Active Cumbria team will be setting their own challenges which we will be sharing with you. Keep checking back for updates.

To get involved and find inspiration visit the Red January website at There’s a handy calendar to download to help you plan out the month ahead.  Planning ahead can help you stick to your goals.

Need some inspiration?

Fellow REDers share their ideas to help you get started:

There are lots of apps and programmes to help you including Active 10 – an app which anonymously records every minute of walking you do. Just pop your phone in your pocket and away you go!

The app:

  • tracks your steps
  • helps you set goals
  • shows you your achievements
  • gives you tips to boost your activity

Did you know walking briskly, even for 1 minute, counts as exercise? What are you waiting for - take your first steps today!

More about Active 10

Or Couch 2 5K!  A running programme for absolute beginners, Couch to 5K has helped millions of people like you start running.

The app:

  • has a choice of 5 trainers to motivate you
  • works with your music player
  • tracks your runs
  • connects you with other Couch to 5K runners

Couch to 5K can be completed in as little as 9 weeks, or longer if you want to go at your own pace.

More about Couch 2 5K 

Or maybe you’d prefer to start in the comfort of your own home in which case you can find ideas and advice on the Active at Home pages of our website. 

The Travel Actively team have a range of events and activities taking place in Carlisle and Barrow throughout January to help you consider walking, wheeling or cycling for everyday journeys.  Why not consider making your RED January challenge an Active Travel one? 

Carlisle - Open Gym Taster Sessions 

Carlisle - Led Walks

Carlisle - Walk Leader Training 


Barrow -  RED January Walks

Barrow - Walk Leader Training

Barrow - Wheels for All Inclusive Cycling


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We're feeling REDy....are you?