It has been quite hectic since the start of the new year and, following on from the excesses of the holiday period, I determined to increase the frequency of my yoga practice and generally exercise “a bit more’”.
So, the news that taking part in physical activity is known to give you more energy, and that dancing and swimming come out top, was no great surprise.
But when I read that going to the library was almost as beneficial, I almost choked on my low-calorie muesli.
I re-read the article and – yes – it appears that heading to your local library can do you a lot of good and has a big effect in increasing “life satisfaction” scores and thus benefits your overall wellbeing as much as exercise.
The idea that reading is “exercise for your brain” was also very welcome for me personally. I became an avid reader after my early promise at both rugby and cricket at a competitive level was cut short when a dodgy knee let me down at an early age.
In fact, I really must show this evidence to my Labour colleagues who have, in recent years, proposed closing the Hove Carnegie Library!
Conservatives are passionate about raising the quality of life across our city and believe that our cultural and sporting offering should be world class.
Alongside our prowess at national sports, Brighton and Hove celebrates local opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to lead active lifestyles such as the award winning TakePart festival, highlighting sport, dance and exercise in the city.
The event takes place on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Level and I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to attend.
Brighton and Hove Conservatives believe we can further enhance our wellbeing across the city by promoting more events like these, ensuring our parks come alive and our fine city to flourish.
Alongside the provision of good jobs and housing, our cultural and sporting offering at the next election will make certain that Brighton and Hove is the top place to live, work, bring up a family and grow old. What a city we can together build.
Councillor Tony Janio is the leader of the opposition Conservatives on Brighton and Hove City Council.