“Over 6.3 million adults aged 40 to 60 do not achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month and are missing out on important health benefits, according to the Public Health England (PHE) 10 minutes brisk walking recommendations: evidence summary.” –UK Government
I don’t know if you guys have read about this latest study about the UK population’s movement habits? 4 in 10 UK adults between the age of 40-60 do not even manage a 10 minute walk a month. A MONTH. One entire month. I just can’t believe it. It scares me. It actually scares the life of me how little movement that is in a month. A ten minute walk a day will reduce your chance of dying by 15%, which show how much physical activity even something as simple as going for a walk can improve your health. The report also says that today’s inactivity amongst the population is causing 1 in 6 deaths in the UK! Another scary statistic.
When I read this article I sat and thought of my lifestyle in comparison. I’m not by any means saying that everyone has to train or walk as much as I do but I think about how I feel when I don’t move as much as I usually do. It affects me loads, not just due to the lack of physical exercise but it also affects my wellbeing and energy levels. It affects my entire life. I can tell when my body hasn’t moved properly for a while. I then think about how these people in this study probably don’t even realise how their lack of exercise and movement is affecting them because they don’t know the difference.
I know this feels from before I started exercising, I hated moving and avoided walking as much as possible. I could not for the life of me understand why anyone would really enjoy exercising or moving. I was in so deep into this lifestyle of sitting around and being lazy I couldn’t see the incredible benefits that being more active could give me. I didn’t know what these benefits could be.
I really wish I could go to these people who don’t move, take their hand and help them get out. I really really want to help them. Get them out walking so they realise what kind of life they are missing out on from not moving. It’s not only the fact that they aren’t moving, it’s also how they’re missing out on exploring the area they live in, discovering a new street they’ve never seen before or a park they had no idea was just a short walk from their home. I think moving really is a part a living life and discovering new things.
I’m so happy I now have a job at a company who’s goal is to help more people get active. No matter in what way you are active. I really don’t believe that everyone is made for doing the same type of training or loving the same type of training. The same way no one loves the same type of food or music but for some reason people are under the impression in order to be active they have to go to a gym. If they then hate going to the gym they just stop going instead of trying to find something they enjoy doing instead. Today it is easier than ever to find something fun to do with all the incredible new gyms, studios and classes popping up everywhere. I know there is something out there for everyone. You just need to be patient in your search and be open to trying new things. You’ll find it.
This study reminds me again of why I started this blog. To help inspire others to be more active in their lives, for the sake of their health and wellbeing. It was also to show that no matter how much you think you hate exercising when you first start out, it can change. You can change this. I’m the living proof! You can ask anyone who’s known me for a while. They never would’ve thought I’d become this person I am today, working within health and fitness and dedicating my life to get others active. I sometimes laugh when I think how my old self would hate this person I’ve become. Just because I couldn’t understand the people who would get up at the crack of dawn to get a gym session in. Why would you do that to yourself I would think but I’m now happier than I’ve ever been. The change is all in your head, it definitely isn’t easy to change your mindset and it’s a long journey of small gradual changes but it will change your life. It really will.
I truly believe movement is essential in life just like eating, sleeping, brushing your teeth. You need it to take care of your body in order to live your best possible life. It’s a way to show your body love, that you care about it by letting it get stronger. It was built to move.
I can’t help change these peoples lives alone but what really keeps me going with my work at voomfit is that I’m hoping as company we can.
Sorry if I started rambling but this study really opened my eyes to how serious this issue of inactivity is in our societies and we desperately need to find a way to help these people for the sake of their health. I’m already sitting and thinking how to best do this, it’s not an easy task. It’s a case of changing a population’s mindset which is difficult (but not impossible). It’s going to take a lot of work but we need to start somewhere!