Cornwall's getting fitter!
The county's moving more! Recent research has revealed that Cornish people are considerably more physically active than they were just five years ago and are statistically more active than the national average.
Sport England's Active People Survey has released its most recent data, revealing that more than 104,000 Cornish adults are now exercising regularly (for thirty minutes at least three times a week). This is an increase of over 10,000 people since the survey was first conducted in 2006, making Cornwall one of the most active counties in England.
More of us are making the most of what Cornwall has to offer and cycling, jogging and walking, in particular, have become incredibly popular over the past few years; with led walks, runs and bike rides now happening in most towns.
And, for the more serious sports enthusiast, Cornwall boasts approximately 750 sports clubs and 940 leisure facilities (including pools, golf clubs, grass pitches, gyms, sports centres, bowls clubs, tennis courts, squash courts, health and fitness suites, athletics tracks to name but a few!).
Mike Thomas, from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, commented: "We're delighted with the outcome of this data because, by working alongside many public, private and voluntary organisations, we know just how much hard work has been put in to offer the Cornish population more opportunities to get up and moving more often whether that be playing competitive sport, heading out for a surf or joining a walking group.
"It hopefully means that not only are we one of the most active counties, we are also one of the healthiest and happiest!"
Matt Lenny, Public Health NHS Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, added: "It really is very good news to know that people are increasingly enjoying themselves and getting the exercise habit. Cornwall offers a huge range of activities to choose from, including leisure centres, sports clubs and our fantastic outdoor environment.
"With such a variety of opportunities it really is very easy to find an activity you like and who would want to turn down the chance to enjoy themselves, feel better and healthier".
One upcoming free event, organised to help adults forget their PE lessons and find an activity they'll enjoy, is the 'Be Active Truro Festival' taking place on Lemon Quay and Boscawen Park between 15 and 19 August. Each day there will be something on offer for adults and families to try their hand at; ranging from wheelchair basketball, 'Easy Cricket' and tag rugby to cycling, Zumba and fencing. Plus, a number of clubs and organisations will be on hand to explain how to get involved. Further details can be found at www.enjoytruro.co.uk
The Cornwall Sports Partnership last year also launched a new website, Get Active Cornwall, which offers tips and advice for getting more active and detailed information about all the clubs, centres and classes on offer around the county. Find out more at www.getactivecornwall.co.uk