Time to move off the couch

Time to move off the couch
David Walker

David Walker

Local health and care organisations are urging the local public to use the New Year as a reason to don their trainers and move more to lose those extra pounds they may have gained over the festive period.

Many of us overindulge during the festive season and spend a lot of time sitting watching the TV and eating fattening foods. Now 2017 has started and the nights are starting to get lighter, why not use this as motivation to get moving and maybe try something new?

NHS Choices recommend that adults aged 19-64 carry out around 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week to improve their health. Sitting for long periods of time is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. This can lead to being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancers and even early death.

David Walker, Medical Director, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “Exercise and diet is a key part of staying healthy and preventing health issues.”

“Eating a balanced diet and drinking enough fluid is necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight but exercising regularly is equally important. Ideally, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. If cycling is not your cup of tea then try a fast walk around the countryside. Other moderate activities you could do include: tennis, hiking, skateboarding, water aerobics, pushing a lawn mower, and rollerblading. These kind of activities are not only great for your health but they also can allow you to meet new people and learn new skills.

“We all feel the struggle back to normality after the festive period but it is a great time to make a change and improve your health and wellbeing and maybe even have some fun along the way.”

UHMBT launched its #FlourishAtWork campaign in March 2016 to raise awareness of the impact that physical and mental health can have on our daily lives – both inside and outside of the workplace – and how small changes can make a huge difference to how we think and feel. The campaign has so far looked at how things like moving more, staying hydrated and being mindful can have an overall positive effect on your health and mental wellbeing.

David Walker, continued: “Our #FlourishAtWork campaign is all about making staff aware of the small changes they can make that will have a huge impact on their health and wellbeing. Staff across the Trust really rose to the challenges set in the campaign – walking over 65 million steps in just nine weeks, drinking the equivalent of 103 paddling pools of water, and unearthing their creativity with Trust issued colouring books and origami sets. The next part of the campaign, which is launching soon, brings all this together and looks at how all the various changes work together to improve the overall health of your heart, and we are sure staff will embrace the same positivity and enthusiasm they have so far.”

To find out more information on how to maintain a healthy diet and for exercise tips go to http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx and http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Goodfood/Pages/goodfoodhome.aspx.

For more information on #FlourishAtWork, visit: https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/flourish.