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Issue 144 Summer 2015

 

Get active this summer 

As I leave Brent Civic Centre in the evening, it lifts my spirits to know there is a decent chunk of the day left to do something outside. A lot of us spend most of our day indoors, often in an office, hunched over a computer.

Being outdoors and doing something active is good for the mind and the body. In Brent, most of us are not active enough. National guidelines recommend three lots of physical activity a week, each lasting 30 minutes.

Yet in Brent, only around a third of adults take part in more than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every week. This, combined with poor eating habits, means we have high obesity levels. Obesity is a real problem as it often leads to dangerous health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

So instead of sitting at home why not use this summer to get involved in some of the outdoor (and indoor) activities on offer locally? From tennis to outdoor yoga, from free swimming to group walks in our beautiful parks, from guided cycle rides to outdoor gyms, there really is something to suit every age and ability.

Most of the activities are free, which is added bonus. Just go to the centre pages for our summer guide. If you can get to the recommended three lots of 30 minutes of ‘moderate intensity’ physical activity per week you’ll be doing yourself at lot of good – and you might get to discover some of the borough’s hidden gems at the same time. 

Councillor Muhammed Butt
Leader of Brent Council