The Active in Barnsley Partnership, of which Barnsley Council is a member, has today launched the ‘What’s Your Move’ campaign, to encourage residents to move more and incorporate regular exercise and activity into their daily lives.
The campaign, which will showcase a variety of resources and information on Facebook and Twitter, will raise the importance of moving more for good mental and physical health. The partnership hopes that this will encourage residents to find types of movement that they enjoy and that fit into their lifestyles. There are also several resources and useful links on the Barnsley Council website.
Physical activity is good for health in many ways, such as improved mood and reduced anxiety, better sleep, strengthening heart, lungs and bones and can reduce the risk of developing several diseases.
Other organisations in the Active in Barnsley Partnership will also be sharing ideas and inspiring people to move more. These partners include Barnsley Premier Leisure, Reds in the Community, Barnsley Football Club and many more*.
Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Physical activity is any movement that raises the heart rate and has a positive impact on mental and physical wellbeing. It doesn’t necessarily mean going running or doing intense workouts; it could be going for a walk or doing chores around the house and garden.
“We know that due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), people are having to be more creative with the ways they can fit activity into their daily lives. People are staying at home, with some residents balancing additional childcare responsibilities. I’d encourage people to make the most of their daily outdoor exercise and find ways to move more around the home that they enjoy and find fun. Get involved in the campaign and share what your move is with the hashtag #WhatsYourMove.”
This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.
#LiveIt helps us to support the most vulnerable people, making sure they can access support at the earliest possible stage. #OwnIt by keeping your own and your family's health at its best, asking for support when you need it and looking out for your friends and neighbours.