37 days to go
It’s easy to misinterpret the term physical activity to mean sport and exercise but it would be wrong to do so.
Physical activity means moving yourself around in whatever way works for you. Spending half a day doing housework can be physically demanding and that counts, as does spending time gardening – especially if you’re doing these activities three or more times a week.
There’s walking, playing Frisbee and so on with children or grandchildren, dancing. recreational sports and exercise. A mix of any or all of these things that get you out of the chair and keep you moving are beneficial to good health.
The more active you are the more benefit you may gain. For example: 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week reduces the risk of heart disease by 14%; 300 minutes of moderate physical activity per week reduces the risk by 20%. However, the benefits of physical activity are not disease specific – keep moving and you benefit a range of physical conditions and the risk of developing them.
There are statistics by the bucket load to evidence the benefits from being active but I only mention a few.
Your health pension advisor would explore with you your typical week and seek to tot up just how much time you spend moving around. They would try to get you thinking about what would make you move more, any activity that you would enjoy – and we can always move more.
They might suggest using an app or a pedometer to count the number of steps you take every day. You will likely have heard that it’s a good idea to manage 10,000 steps a day. In fact this figure had no original evidential basis – it was a figure that a Japanese academic arbitrarily decided upon in the 1960s when he was concerned about getting the Japanese people moving. Since then studies have demonstrated the health benefits of taking steps – but in practice the more steps you take the better for you.
On average people spend the last ten to fifteen years of their life in chronic ill health.
My message has been and continues to be focused on raising awareness of health and ageing and providing ideas to make choices that will enable us to grow old with vitality not risk getting old with disease.
Have a good weekend 😊
The end goal is a bonus - it's the journey that changes us