How hectic lifestyles and winter weather are impacting our health – by Emma Smith-Bodie
During winter, the average UK adult spends just one hour and 12 minutes a week doing moderate activity such as walking or cycling, with many reporting that household chores and work get in the way of being more active.
Such high rates of inactivity can contribute to rising levels of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. That’s why the National Charity Partnership, our partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation and Tesco, is raising awareness of the impact of inactivity this autumn as part of our Winter Warm up campaign.
A long way to go?
The government recommends that to stay healthy, adults should do 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week. However, in our recent survey, almost half of UK adults said they simply don’t have the time.
According to the survey findings, 40 percent hardly ever or never get a chance to do what they want to do in their spare time and only 41 percent of people said they would like to go for a walk or jog in their downtime.
Warm up to winter
So how can we help people get more active as the temperature drops? As part of our new campaign, Winter Warm up, we’ve produced a series of videos and articles to encourage more adults to reclaim an extra ten minutes from their busy lives.
Focusing on how warming up to winter can boost your health and wellbeing, our videos and tips are based around simple and easy activities designed to get the heart pumping.
We’re also encouraging people to set goals to get active and stay motivated as winter approaches using our online ‘Let’s Do This 8 Week Challenge’.
Challenge your inner hedgehog and don’t hibernate this winter – get active and reclaim those ten minutes for yourself and your health! For more info on the Let’s Do This Winter Warm up visit the Let’s Do This website.