National Fitness Day highlights the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping us raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier and active lifestyles.
The trouble is, once we leave school, many of us let physical activity slip. And today’s children are much more sedentary than the previous generation. In fact the Health Survey for England in 2015, found that excluding school-based activities, only 22% of children aged between 5 and 15 met the physical activity guidelines of being at least moderately active for at least 60 minutes every day.
It’s estimated that our population is around 20% less active than in the 1960s. Around 1 in 3 (34%) of men and 1 in 2 (42%) of women are not active enough for good health. And physical inactivity is responsible for one in six UK deaths (equal to smoking) and is estimated to cost the UK £7.4 billion annually (including £0.9 billion to the NHS alone). [source] Many people do not realise the benefits of physical activity – some are outlined below:
A couple of the top reasons people give for not exercising include not having enough time and simply hating it! Memories of running around a school field in shorts during the winter or having your ankles bashed with a hockey stick don’t exactly conjure up a desire to continue staying fit! Which is why I loved this year’s National Fitness Day hashtag of #fitness2Me.
The idea is to celebrate what fitness means to people, as individuals.
This means, if you hate the thought of pounding the treadmill in a gym, can’t stand the idea of people watching you in an aerobics class or have horrific memories of the rugby field, it’s up to you to make the change and find something you love! And it’s a wonderful opportunity to think outside the box.
Perhaps a climbing wall, pony treking or plogging (a combination of jogging with picking up litter) appeal to you. What about martial arts, a rebounder, using a skipping rope or hiking? Think about whether you prefer to do things by yourself, or whether a team sport would motivate you more. Perhaps you need an organised class or want to exercise at home using YouTube videos. Ask yourself whether you’re a conformist or a rebel, a leader or a follower or just answer these 10 questions for ideas.
And if you still find yourself sitting on the couch rather than tying up your trainers, why not contact us for help? A combination of NLP, hypnotherapy and coaching might be just what you need to bust through the blocks that are holding you back to your fitness.