The Everyone Active Everyday
The everyone active every day campaign started when I moved to North Devon.
As a youngster my days were filled with activity.
My dad loved tennis so we would spend weekends hitting balls at a local tennis court. When we weren’t doing that I would explore the countryside with my friends and we would flip coins to see who would jump into the cold river first.
My passion for horses also started young. We would spend hours trotting across the local common avoiding low falling branches which threatened to knock us off our ponies.
I realise now how privileged I was.
Privileged to have a family who encouraged us to try things. Privileged to have access to the outdoors. Privileged that I was lucky enough my parents were able to financial support us by dropping me off at the stables, buying me a tennis racket or paying for school trips with sports teams such as National Championships.
Sport is a safe haven for many youngsters as well as adults. It teaches values, ethics, communication and resilience.
It brings confidence and best of all, health and well being.
So why do people not invest in it?
If someone could sell all the benefits of exercise in a pill form they would be a millionnaire.
- Weight control.
- Reduced risk of heart, disease, cancer, stroke
- Reduced risk of social isolation ( a bigger risk factor for death than smoking!)
- Improved balance
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved well being
- Increased confidence
- Improved mental health
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis
I ask myself frequently what are the barriers to exercise ?
Is it money? Confidence? Time?
Many forms of exercise are completely free or with a low set up cost. A good pair of running shoes or walking boots may be the only investment.
- Outdoor swimming ( We do not recommend this unless you area competent swimmer – its best to go with a group first)
If we have been out of exercise for sometime or trying something new a lack of confidence can hold us back. Perhaps we worry that we won’t be good at it. in reality every single person has to go through the learning process to become a master. In our experience clubs are very welcoming and inclusive.
Time is a complete illusion. Everyone has the same amount of time and it’s how we structure it that matters. Those who have kids, a full time job, a parent to care for you need to start thinking creatively about how you find your 20 minutes per day.
For your kids they should be doing it too so that you are developing good habits for them. Perhaps an exercise video on You tube? You can do with your kids in the room or speak to a physio about whether you and your loved one can do exercise together if you’re caring for them.
Everyone active every day
The #everyoneactiveeveryday was set up to start helping people see the opportunities available to them. To help people get into activity at a young age so that they develop good habits that improve their quality of their life in later life. Its too late to start trying to improve balance in your 80’s and 90’s you need to start doing it in your 30’s and 40’s.
Take responsibility for your health now.
Many health conditions are preventable by a simple 20 minute investment in your health every day. It could be as simple as walking a dog for a friend 3 x a week or meeting up with a local walking group.
How To Change Your Life
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My vision for the future is that we will develop a culture of people who care about their health, helping others to stick to these very basic habits.
I want to change statistics.
We know that if you fall and fracture your hip currently you have a 30% chance of mortality within a year.
Thats a frightening statistic.
What if we kept people active and strong so that we reduced their risk of falls? How about preventing the hip fracture in the first place?
Or lets consider other serious, life threatening conditions.
If we prevent just one stroke, heart attack or cancer it will be worth it. But what if we achieve so much more than that?
What is we could make Bristol and North Devon a place where the stroke rate in considerably less than other places in the country? That would be an achievement.
Watch this space …
The Physio Crew