With our lives becoming increasingly hectic, we recognise that being active outdoors and connecting with nature is more important than ever.
This project will help and encourage locals and visitors to live more active, healthy and happier lifestyles. It will:
- Create fun, safe and accessible adventure activities in a location that is tranquil yet close to Aberdeen city
- Increase opportunities for regular physical activity, helping people reduce their risk of obesity and diabetes
- Promote the positive impacts of outdoor recreation on both physical and mental well-being
- Facilitate a reduction in poor mental health and relieve stress to improving quality of life
Approximately 65% of adults in Scotland are overweight with around 28% being classed as obese. This statistic has remained consistent for more than 10 years. This is why it is essential for us to to create opportunities for people to get outdoors and take part in fun physical activity. Facilities like the Gravitate North East adventure park will play an essential role in improving the health of the nation and reliving unnecessary burden from the National Health Service.
As well as improving physical health, the improvement of mental health is also a key area of focus for Gravitate North East. Physical activity through sport or recreation has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health and well-being. However, despite this 36% of Scots don’t meet physical activity recommendations.
The following short film from Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland discusses the connection between outdoor activity and mental health: