Active Places: Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

Staying Healthy and Connected: A Holistic Approach 

As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, maintaining an active lifestyle becomes increasingly challenging. The transition into the colder months often leads to a decrease in outdoor physical activities and can impact our overall well-being. However, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville offers a unique solution to combat this seasonal slowdown. Starting with Tuesdays at 6:00 pm, Community Captain Mary leads Mindful Walking outdoors at the Memorial Building. On Thursdays at 9:00 am, Community Captain Sarah leads high fitness and in the evening at 6:00 pm, a variety of Community Captains lead pickleball. The facility provides a welcoming space for community members to stay active, both physically and socially, promoting a holistic approach to health during the fall and winter months. 

Located in Fayetteville, the Memorial Building stands as a symbol of community pride and solidarity. Within its walls, the facility offers a variety of activities. These activities serve as not only excellent forms of physical exercise but also as platforms for social interaction, promoting a sense of belonging and combating the potential isolation that can accompany the colder seasons. 

The Importance of Staying Active During the Colder Months 

 It’s crucial to maintain physical activity regardless of the season. Exercise is known to improve mood, reduce stress, and enhance overall mental health. According to numerous studies, individuals who engage in regular exercise tend to experience a decrease in symptoms related to anxiety and depression, providing a natural and effective way to manage mental health during the darker months. 

In recent years, societal trends have shown record high levels of loneliness and social isolation, especially exacerbated since the pandemic. The feeling of loneliness can significantly impact mental health and lead to increased rates of depression and anxiety. A study conducted by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, highlights the startling effects of loneliness on mortality and suggests that loneliness may be a more significant public health hazard than obesity. 

Engaging in group exercises like walking, pickleball, and high fitness can serve as a powerful antidote to loneliness and its associated negative effects. Group activities foster a sense of community and connectedness, providing an opportunity for social interaction, camaraderie, and support. Most studies show group exercise may contribute to a 20-25% decrease in feelings of loneliness and social isolation. By participating in these activities, individuals not only reap the physical health benefits but also form valuable social connections, mitigating feelings of loneliness and enhancing overall well-being. 

Your Invitation to Health and Happiness 

As we navigate the colder months ahead, the Memorial Building in Fayetteville warmly invites you to partake in a multitude of activities. Embrace the opportunity to stay active, both physically and socially, and experience the countless benefits that accompany an active lifestyle and strong social connections. 

Come out and join us, not only for the sake of your physical health but also to foster the sense of community and social connectedness that can truly enrich your life. Let’s build a healthier, happier, and more connected West Virginia together.  

Visit our website calendar for a list of all our free Community Captain activities.