Being active outdoors in the fresh air is good for you!
It may be what grandma tells you when all you want to do is stay
indoors and watch TV but many academic and health studies over the
last few years have shown she's right.
Just a walk in the park
Whatever your age of level of fitness, taking a regular walk in
the park can improve your fitness, reduce the risk of many chronic
illnesses and improve your mental well-being... and unlike many
other things said to be good for you, it's enjoyable too.
There are miles of walks through the borough's parks, nature
reserves and rights of way. Once you start exploring the network of
footpaths you may discover many lovely parts of the towns, villages
and countryside that you've never ventured into before.
- gives you more information on ways in which walking can improve
www.letsgo.org.uk - provides
information on places to walk, picnic and enjoy across the county
Walks and trails - lists guided walks to help
you learn more about the history of the town.
Sport in the park
Leisure cycling, jogging and playing outdoor sports can really
boost your efforts to keeping you active and help to establish a
healthy lifestyle. It can be encouraging meeting others trying to
do the same. The parks provide many walking and cycling routes and
have seasonal sports pitches and courts for all ages.
Outdoor sports in parks - gives details of the
sports sites and courts in council parks and green spaces.
Bedford Green Wheel - tells you about the
progress being made in linking up off-road routes around Bedford
and Kempston passing through many parks and green spaces. The paths
provide pleasant local cycling and jogging routes for
venturing away from your own part of town.
Cycling in Bedford
& Kempston - takes you to this site's transport pages with
useful information for cyclists.
Bedford Parkrun takes place in every
Saturday. It's a 5km run and is free to enter but you do need to
register. Click on this link to Bedford Parkrun to find
Healthy Park project in Jubilee Park
A new ping pong table has been installed recently and will be
joined shortly with Healthy Park information panels and notice
board to keep park visitors informed of healthy activities and
opportunities in the area. This has been funded by ward member
funds and is a useful contribution to the healthy parks
www.nhs.uk/change4life - find
out more about how you can make simple changes that will help you
to live better and live longer.
It's child's play
The best time to learn healthy habit is as a child. Children
instinctively enjoy being active so a regular visit to the park and
play area can be all they need to encourage them to run, jump,
balance, climb and mix with other children - all of which is
important for childhood development.
There are over 90 play areas managed by the council in the
borough as well as others looked after by Parish Councils, housing
associations, developers and other landowners. Parents and carers
are required to supervise their children in the play area, so why
not join in with them and feel some of the benefit too.
area page - has a listing of the sites managed by the Parks
& Countryside Team and other related information.
Care for yourself, care for the park
The best way to keep yourself active is variety. Having lots of
reasons to get out and active throughout the year will encourage
you to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Becoming a community
volunteer offers you a wide variety of opportunities to be more
active, meet others and help to care for your environment.
The Community Champion Scheme invites you to get involved
in your local park in activities ranging from the traditional
planting and clean-ups to undertaking surveys, audits and park
furniture checks. Some are more physically demanding than others
but they'll all get you outdoors and active.
Visit our Community volunteering page
to find out about the many opportunities available in