Recent YouGov research reported that 48% of the UK population do no cardio activity at all. More men incorporate cardio into their weekly regime than women. The report also states that of those who don’t exercise many have sedentary jobs and spend the majority of their time sitting down. Those surveyed also reveal that only 6% eat the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
This is a worrying report. With the rate of obesity rising we must ensure education to increase the awareness of good health is introduced at an early stage. Children should be encouraged to play outside more often. This will also help with their social skills which suffer from solitary activity playing digital games. Parents should set an example and join them in outside activities at the weekends and evenings.
For adults incorporating a 30 minute walk into your daily routine can have a major effect on general wellbeing. This has many benefits – increased heart rate, if you pump your arms and walk briskly; exposure to vitamin D – vital for strong bones, teeth and clear healthy skin; regular outdoor activity reduces stress and encourages better sleep. It is a proven fact that spending time outdoors attuning with nature is a great mood enhancer.
To ensure you and your children are able to enjoy life to the full don’t you owe it to yourself to spend a little time banking the benefits of good health. It is a great way to spend time with those you care about while keeping your body and your mind in great condition.