Parks activities to continue through winter months

By on 07/11/2014 in Cllr Cotton, News

It may be getting colder and the nights are drawing in but there’s no excuse to hibernate and avoid physical activity in Birmingham this winter

The team behind Birmingham’s Active Parks have launched an autumn/winter schedule for the innovative scheme, with around 50 free sessions in parks across the city each week.

In addition to summer favourites like Tai Chi and Zumba, activities planned for the coming months include:

  • Healthy walks in parks across the city
  • Buggy Safari and Pony Walks at Sheldon Country Park
  • Nordic Walking at Cofton Park, Lickey Hills and Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields
  • Couch to 5k and other sessions for novice runners
  • Conservation sessions

Birmingham City Council Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, said: “Inactivity is one of the biggest health challenges we face as a city but we’re meeting the challenge head on and the free activities in our parks have been a massive hit.

“People of all ages enjoyed regular, fun physical activities in our parks this summer and we know from last year that there is still demand for activities even when the temperatures start to drop.

“This new timetable meets that demand and I’m sure the people of Birmingham won’t let a bit of cold weather put them off staying physically active this winter.”

In addition to the obvious fitness benefits, staying active and spending time outdoors can also alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

To see the autumn/winter timetable in full go to: http://www.parklives.com/activities?councilId=2

Physical inactivity

According to ukactive’s Turning the tide of inactivity Report – January 2014

  • One in four people in England fail to achieve more than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week over a 28-day period even though they can do it in three ten-minute bites.
  • Highest deprivation areas are almost 10 per cent more physically inactive than lowest deprivation areas.
  • There is a disproportionately low spend on programmes to tackle physical inactivity by local authorities compared to other top tier public health concerns.
  • Reducing physical inactivity by just one per cent a year over a five year period would save local authorities £1.2 billion.
  • Birmingham is ranked 132 out of 150 councils nationwide in terms of activity levels. 34.27 % of adults in Birmingham are inactive.

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