Big Birmingham Bikes

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Big Birmingham Bikes is making it easier for you to get on your bike. Whether it’s cycling to the park, to the shops or work or purely for fitness and pleasure, we have something for all the family.

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Wellbeing Survey

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Some Interesting things you told us in the Spring 2016 Wellbeing Survey

Health and happiness

Around 30% of people said they don’t feel that healthy and that they’re not that happy. 

However, when we looked at the relationship between happy people and healthy people, we found that 84% of those who said they felt healthy also said they were happy.

So it looks like if you want to be happier being healthier may help and doing any sort of physical activity will help you be healthier,

Physical activity

When we looked at the relationship between happy people and the activity they actually do there were some clear winners!

  • 1st        Walking the dog or Group Fitness Classes
  • 2nd         Playing with children or swimming
  • 3rd        Running or gardening

The good news is that 60% of everyone we spoke to said they want to do more physical exercise – which is great!

When asked what they’d like to do, some clear favourites emerged:

  • 16% go for a swim
  • 12% go to the gym, attend a fitness session or group class
  • 11% go for a walk
  • 10% go cycling
  • 9%   have a dance
  • 7%   go for a run or jog

 

Use of parks

Many of these activities you can do yourself in your local park and it looks like using your local park has a very positive link with your health and happiness.

  • 41% of panellists who use parks rate their health as good or very good vs only 25% for those who don’t use parks
  • 26% of those who use parks are very happy (score 9 or 10 for happiness rating) vs 17% from those who don’t use parks

 

So if you want to stay healthy and feel good why not visit your local park or Wellbeing Centre where we offer access to facilities and sessions free of charge as part of the Be Active scheme. Please follow the links below.

ParkLives Birmingham

 

Looking for support?

Are you looking for help and support for your free activity day?  We may be able to help

Visit http://beactivebirmingham.co.uk/support

Run Birmingham

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Run Birmingham offers you the support that you need to take those first few steps to a new and active you! Our Run leaders are trained to give you support and guidance, with specially designed routes to ensure that no one gets left behind and no one is ever out of sight. Sometimes you need that extra help to achieve your goal and that’s why we are here to help.

For information about current groups please visit http://www.runbirmingham.com/ourgroups/

 

 

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Active Streets

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Active Streets has developed out of the Streets for Play initiative that some residents had started in the Kings Heath area.  Active Streets supports groups of residents to bring activity to people’s doorstep with road closures (via Temporary Road Closure Order and partnering with Highways), a range of multi sports and family fun activities on people’s doorsteps.  It includes providing streets with physical activity resources to get children and families active (including archery, badminton, tennis).

The service also support residents with a city wide insurance process that covers all road closures, something that was previously a significant cost to residents and a major barrier.  If you are interested in closing your street or would just like some more information contact Olga.Sukhanova@Birmingham.gov.uk

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