The Department for Culture and Sport has produced a strategic paper that states, ‘Physical inactivity is a hidden killer. It directly contributes to one in six deaths in the UK, the same proportion as smoking. It is the fourth largest cause of disease and disability in the UK.’
I know that I am preaching to the converted, but it is hard to ignore those sort of statistics even if you are active. I think it is important to remind ourselves of the benefits of exercise to ensure we keep going, and secondly, it may help you encourage your less active friends to start getting active.
We know that regular exercise can keep older hearts healthy, strengthen muscles and so protect joints. It can help depression and it is thought to have a positive impact on the many forms of dementia.
So lets try to spread the word and encourage our less active friends to get active. You can start at any age, just build up slowly and seek the advice of your GP if you are not sure what to do. Stay active to stay young!