Following on from last week’s blog on ‘Get ready and get active’ this week we are looking at what is on offer in the great outdoors! There is something for everyone – no matter what age or activity level, so get rummaging in the back of your wardrobe for your comfortable shoes and get out and about – who said you can’t get fit and healthy AND enjoy yourself!
As this is National Transplant Week, we are encouraging you to get fit and to be healthy. Everyone knows that people who are overweight, drink too much alcohol, smoke, have diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure are at greater risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. By maintaining a healthy life style you can reduce the risks of having one of these health problems and hopefully you can also reduce the risks of permanently damaging one of your organs, but did you know…
- More than a quarter of adults in England are obese?
- In 2010, more than a third of men (36%) and over a quarter of women (28%) regularly exceeded the Government’s recommended alcohol intake?
- Around six in ten adults in England have high blood cholesterol levels (5mmol/l or above)?
- In 2010, cardiovascular diseases caused around 46,000 premature deaths in the UK; 68% of these were men?
Statistics from British Heart Foundation
One of the best ways of improving your health and fitness is by incorporating it with something you enjoy, and what better way is there than taking a stroll through the sunny (or more likely drizzly) English countryside. Walking for Health supports people to get active and stay active by offering tips, tools and advice to help them stay motivated and keep their walking fun and enjoyable, they can also help put you in touch with a local walking scheme near you, so what are you waiting for?
Or if walking isn’t your thing, why not visit Active Ageing, which is run by Leeds City Council for people who are aged 45 and over. It is about enjoying recreation whilst encouraging socialising, helping to prevent illness, maintaining mobility, increasing independence and quality of life through physical activity. Activities are carried out at Leeds City Council leisure centres, parks, and sports clubs and offer everything from swimming to aerobics and Pilates to line dancing! For more information contact Allyson Bertram on 0113 395 0196 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also spoke to Bernie Cass from Stocks Hill Centre, a mental health service run by Adult Social Care, to find out how they are helping people `Get Ready and Get Active`. Click here to read what Bernie had to say.
If you are still unsure, why not visit the Leeds City Council website where you’ll find out more information on what’s going on and where, and tomorrow we will share with you some more of the sites we found with information on what you can do in and around our great city!