We know that physical activity has positive benefits for your physical and mental health and with a number of us now spending more time at home, being physically active is just as important as ever!
We have been busy collating a wealth of “gentle exercises”, “high energy”, “health and wellbeing" and “active family” ideas and opportunities that people can take part in from home which can be accessed on the Active Essex website here: https://www.activeessex.org/keep-active-at-home/. Here you will find a number of free and paid-for opportunities that organisations, charities, volunteers, fitness professionals, clubs and celebrities are offering to keep everyone’s bodies and minds active during this period of uncertainty.
We appreciate the world is rapidly changing on daily basis but as of this moment, official government advice around physical activity is:
• Taking daily exercise is one of the four reasons the government has advised that it is fine to leave your household for.
• You can do one form of exercise outside each day, for example a walk, run, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
Health and wellbeing can mean different things to different people, but health itself is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. We are aiming to achieve a Healthier Brentwood. Healthier means having or enjoying good health and a sound and vigorous mentality.
Brentwood Borough Council's priorities for a healthier Brentwood are contained in our Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
The Council's Health & Wellbeing Board meet quarterly and are focused on three priority issues for Brentwood:
- Ageing Well
- Tackling Obesity and Improving Physical Health
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
Several Schemes are running to improve the health and well-being of Brentwood residents, these include but not exclusive to:
TuckIN - a pledge made by local food businesses to make food better, through reductions in salt, sugar and fats, healthier cooking techniques and reduction in calories through portion control. For more information visit the TuckIN Page.
Regular walking can:
- Reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Aid weight loss
- De-stress and relax
- Improve Stamina and endurance
- Strengthen bones
Brentwood Health Traks. - details of free organised walks in Brentwood can be found on our Walking and Cycling web page or at the Walking for Health website using the online walk finder tool. If you would like to become a volunteer walk leader, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - please note all walks have been postponed until further notice.
Parkrun is a 5km jog (on your own pace) held at Weald Park every Saturday at 9am. You can run for FREE on Saturdays by registering at www.parkrun.org.uk/brentwood
Junior Parkrun is every Sunday at Weald Park at 9am for children aged 4-14 years (also free!) www.parkrun.org.uk/brentwood-juniors/
Active Essex has an activity finder if you are looking for new ways of getting active in the area.
Further information can be found in our Sports and Activities section of the website.
Please see our Older People section for information on the different services available for the elderly.
Warley Playing Fields Outdoor Gym - an outdoor gym near the new play equipment is in the design phase and will be completed by summer 2019 - look out for this exciting new equipment, where no gym membership fees are required.
If you would like to visit an outdoor gym now then you can visit Mountnessing Coronation Playing Fields or West Horndon to try them.