New film on the benefits of keeping active

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Nov. 3, 2016, 11:09 a.m.

Enfield Council has produced a short film to promote its new 'Move More' keep active campaign which aims to get residents making one or two small changes a day in their routine to help increase their physical activity.

In the film, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, explains how easy it is to incorporate a little more activity into your life, and how moving more can help to significantly reduce the chances that you will suffer from a number of life threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Cllr Fonyonga said "The 'Move More' campaign is about raising awareness of all the ways you could become physically active. You might immediately think of leisure centres or a local sports club as the only place to start, but your 'Move More' journey could begin by walking to work, gardening or using the stairs instead of the lift. Not only does being active help your physical well-being, it can also make you feel more positive on your outlook in life and provide an opportunity to meet new people."

The clip explains that there are many ways of keeping fit and living a healthy lifestyle without even joining a gym. You can go for a leisurely walk, get off the bus a stop early or cycle within your local area. These are some of the great ways to meet and socialise with new people with the aid of keeping yourself fit.

Physical activity can also assist with weight loss and help strengthen your immune system against coughs and colds. Other benefits include boosting your overall energy levels and reducing the likelihood of suffering from some mental health conditions such as depression.

Whether you're young or old; any form of physical exercise will benefit your health in the long term and should be done regularly. Children especially should be participating in some form of physical activity daily to prevent them from getting overweight or being obese.

Cllr Fonyonga said "Enfield Council's 'Move More' campaign is all about just making small changes to your life which will see a big change in your health. Being more active even for just 10 minutes, three times a day, can significantly improve your health and wellbeing.

"Leave the car behind where you can and walk more, take the stairs instead of the lift and instead of sitting in watching TV why not take a walk outside in one of our lovely parks?"

Why not get involved and help inspire others to get active by sharing what you are doing to 'Move More' by using #MoveMoreEnfield on facebook and twitter?? We'll pick the best posts and pictures and share them on our social media pages.

You can see the film featuring Cllr Fonyonga on YouTube.

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