BEAT the bulge this winter!
Northumberland residents are being encouraged to pledge to improve their health and beat the bulge this winter.
A recent study by Public Health England revealed that 80% of 40-60 year olds are now either overweight, too inactive or drinking too much. Lifestyles have become more sedentary and we spend more and more time looking to fit in quick convenience food, whilst failing to fit in any form of exercise. It’s really starting to take its toll. Illnesses linked with unhealthy lifestyles are all on the up, including obesity, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure and diabetes.
An estimated 250,000 people in the North East have blood sugar levels that indicate a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and 1,283 new cases were reported in Northumberland alone for the year 2014/15, according to figures released by Diabetes UK.
Active Northumberland is encouraging people in the county to beat the statistics, by offering a comprehensive programme of activities tailored to all abilities designed to help improve health and fitness.
Julia Oliver, 54, from Blyth, became an Active member after her GP diagnosed her with high blood pressure, which affects more than 1 in 4 adults in England – around 12.5 million people.
Julia said: “I had high blood pressure, I was on three tablets and I was very overweight. I wanted to come off all my tablets and I wanted to do something about myself and for myself.”
“The activity I chose to do was aquafit and I do it between Blyth and Ashington Leisure Centres. I thoroughly enjoy the classes – the teachers are lovely, all the ladies are lovely, and you get a good laugh.”
“It’s really good exercise because if I was on land, I couldn’t do 45 minutes of that exercise like I can do in that pool.”
“When I started GP referral, I was 15 stone and I now weigh 11st 11.5lbs. My first bather that I bought for aquafit was a size 20 and now I’m in a size 12!”
Aquafit is an aerobics class that takes place in the pool. Classes are suitable for all ages and abilities and provide good cardio-vascular and muscular exercise. The water can support up to 90% of your body weight, leaving you free to enjoy the exercises without worrying about stress on your joints. As a result, aquafit is popular with people recovering or recuperating from illness or injury, as well as those wanting to lose weight and get active.
Julia said: “My plans for the future are to carry on with aquafit and to lose a little bit more weight. Then the hard work will start to keep it there – so the exercise will really help with that.”
“I might incorporate another class if I can.”
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