Active Essex are emphasising how creating safer, greener and healthier routes is vital to enable residents to use their cars less and cycle and walk more, reporting that 90% of Essex residents are concerned about traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety.
They’ve highlighted that travelling actively for short-distance journeys is easy, affordable and a great way for Essex residents to lead healthier lives. Small changes like parking further away or cycling to work can make big differences to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing.
Active Essex recently launched a new and ambitious ten-year Physical Activity and Sport strategy for Essex, Southend and Thurrock, called ‘Fit for the Future’. In-line with this strategy, described as ‘the biggest behaviour change campaign Essex has ever seen’, is the new ‘Find Your Active’ physical activity campaign to amplify the messaging and outcomes of Fit for the Future.
Active Essex intend to continue to build upon the strengths in local communities, to help provide the tools to enable people to have the best and most healthy start to life and to work collectively to develop connected and accessible places and spaces. They will also enable and empower people to do things for themselves for good physical and mental wellbeing.
Find Your Active celebrates the fact that everyone can enjoy the huge benefits of moving more - it's just about finding what is right for each individual. When it comes to getting active, finding the right activity greatly increases the chances of creating a new, sustainable, healthy habit.
This could be getting out in the garden, a short walk, a social bike ride, some light stretching, a friendly game of football or a visit to the local leisure centre - the benefits of increasing daily movement will soon show, and have a really positive impact on health and wellbeing.
Find Your Active by simply travelling actively! Taking time out of the car, allowing time for reflection, plus getting you outside are simple ways for you to change your lifestyle. But, if you need some ideas, then head over to the Active Essex website here.