For most of us, movement is a simple pleasure. We may have been targeted by sports marketing and the commercialisation of fitness, but contrary to their sales pitch, staying fit and healthy doesn’t need to cost. It’s only our self belief that can get in the way.
Sport has become one of my biggest pleasures in life. It has brought me friendship, appreciation, inspiration and physical and emotional strength. So working with Haringey Council on this project to help improve health and wellbeing in one of the poorest boroughs in the country, was a real privilege.
I spent a couple of days wandering round Haringey, exploring local cheap or free ways to keep fit and healthy. It was heartening to see how much is going on behind the scenes and how many lives have been changed through simple shifts in lifestyle.
My favourite moment was meeting and watching two homeless men use the free outdoor park gym whilst putting the world to rights. Sport has a very special ability to level and connect people.
“Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden