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When complete, these playing fields will be teeming with activities: classic ball games, of course, and alongside them emerging sports such as bouldering – that’s climbing where you don’t need a harness, just grab a rock and see how you do. But we’re also planning an often-overlooked ingredient to bring the recipe together.
Picture this: you might not have planned it when you left the house this morning, but here you are, having a go at table tennis that you came across in Exploratory Park. This is the hidden power of playing with others: it’s easy to slip into. And Brent Cross Town will be full of ways to get active whether you mean to or not.
For social sports like boules or crazy golf, fun and connection are fundamental. And there’s even a growing body of evidence to suggest that getting active in a social setting has unique advantages. Researchers at the University of New England found that people who exercised in groups reported less stress and more mental health benefits than those who exercised alone. Working out with others also means you’re more likely to keep at it, concluded University College London; this study found that couples who embark on a journey towards being more healthy together are more likely to succeed than if they go it alone.