Physical Activity – The Single Best Medicine

Do you want more energy, better sleep and an improved sense of wellbeing? If yes then read on…

Modern life means that many people sit down for most of the day. Two out of every five adults in the UK are physically inactive. In fact the average person spends twice as much time on the toilet each week as they do exercising!

We now know that lack of exercise is very harmful and increases our chances of developing lots of diseases and, sadly, early death.  This is because physical inactivity results in a build up of fat around the organs (called visceral fat). This in turn causes our body’s immune system to become overactive and cause chronic inflammation, which is the single biggest determinant of future disease.  So becoming active reduces the bad fat, reduces inflammation and reduces the chance of developing future disease.

Even doing 10 minutes a day gives a huge benefit.

So, if we spent 30 minutes a day walking (or any form of exercise) we get:-

  • An improved quality of life
  • Reduced premature death
  • Reduced depression
  • More energy, better sleep and reduced chronic pain

So if exercise was a drug then everyone would be prescribed it. It has been called the miracle cure for good reason!

How can I get more active?

We have compiled a booklet of many local exercise and activity groups and classes available, ensuring there is something suitable for everyone. We have included everything from local kids’ sports teams to Generation Games. Have a look at the booklet below and let us know if there is anything else you would like to see on there.