The New Year is upon us and while there’s lots of hopeful sentiment for a better time regarding the pandemic this year, at Live and Move we’re reflecting on all the good that has been going on in Exeter and Cranbrook communities throughout 2021.

That’s why we’re starting this year with a new series of storytelling with Exeter City Councillor Duncan Wood, Lead Councillor for Leisure and Physical Activity, to celebrate some of the local groups supporting people to be more active in their daily lives.

Leading active and healthy lives is a combination of many different habits and benefits us in so many ways, including immune strength and mental wellbeing – both familiar subjects over the last couple of years. With this in mind, Duncan is bravely embarking on a challenge to try out 12 new activities offered across Exeter over 2022.

12 Moves in 12 Months will see Duncan spending time each week with a local group or class to learn an activity, trying out something new each month.

He’ll even be accompanied by friends and colleagues at various times throughout the year, so we’ll get to see how all the different activities are enjoyed by different people.

Duncan will spend time each week in a group or class to try new activities for himself as a way of staying healthy and active while having fun and making some new friends along the way.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in some of the activities people might want to try in their own communities.

“Activities we are considering throughout the year include things like yoga, Nordic walking, cycling, bowls – in fact anything which enables people to stay active while enjoying new challenges. Like many I would like to be a bit fitter and lose a bit of weight, especially after Christmas. My main exercise at the moment is walking the dog but I am ready for the challenge – I suppose I will soon find out!”

He added:  “We know that small changes that we enjoy and can keep up regularly are the key to greater wellbeing, so checking out what’s going on near you is a good place to start and it’s a very achievable New Year’s resolution.”

We’re kicking off with the first of Duncan’s 12 Moves this week in Pinhoe, so watch out next week for the first video of Duncan stepping out of his comfort zone, to celebrate our local activity providers and community groups!

You can follow the 12 Moves in 12 Months series on our blog page, on Exeter City Council latest news or by following Live and Move, Cllr Duncan Wood and Exeter City Council on social media.

Join in by sharing your own individual or group activities using #ShareYourMoves.

#ShareYourMoves in 2022