Step right up! It’s the miracle cure we’ve all been waiting for.
Physical Activity brings so much to our lives. Not only does it keep us physically and mentally healthy, it improves our social lives and keeps us in touch with our communities. It can reduce the risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower the risk of early death by up to 30%.
It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise.
Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but we’ve neglected to take our recommended dose for too long. Our health is now suffering as a consequence. Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented” Dr Nick Cavill, a health promotion consultant.
Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It’s essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.
In Lincolnshire, there is an entire menu of options to choose from to help you become more active more often. This section of our website will provide top tips on keeping active, examples of useful 10 minute workouts you can try at home, information on how to calculate your BMI and much more.
These pages are sponsored by Lincolnshire County Council and further information is available on the NHS Choices Website.