The British Heart Foundation (BHF) recently reported that more than 20 million people in the UK are inactive, significantly increasing their risk of heart disease.
Many of us are guilt of thinking it couldn’t happen to us and may wonder, what counts as being ‘active’?
The guidelines for activity for adults aged 19 to 64 are:
- At least two and a half hours of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week
- Strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles
- Break up long periods of sitting with light activity
Harriet, a HR consultant and busy Mum, certainly thought it couldn’t happen to her. Harriet’s story – as told by the BHF – serves as a stark warning. At just 44 and with no warning signs or symptoms, she suffered a heart attack.
Harriet was lucky. Immediate treatment helped her recovery and prompted a slow and steady lifestyle change to get herself more active as part of her daily routine. She thought she was active before, but recognised that actually she was just busy and they are not the same thing.
Everyone can find an enjoyable way of being active that fits in with their lifestyle – brisk walking counts, as well as water aerobics, riding a bike, playing tennis or even pushing the lawn mower. It doesn’t have to be sport. Walk, jog or run your way to a healthier you!
The British Heart Foundation has set up a programme ‘My Marathon’ and is encouraging people to sign up and commit to completing 26.2 miles of activity during May. You can take four hours, four days or the entire four weeks – it’s up to you. The point is to commit to get fit.
Alternatively, join our Active Luton FREE health walks from Lewsey or High Town Sports Parks in Luton. Please click here to find out more.