People in the Black Country are being encouraged by the local NHS to walk away the January blues. Evidence suggests that walking 10 minutes a day can boost your mood to help brighten January.
Older people who are vulnerable to falling home often fall because they aren’t active for most of the time, especially in the winter months. Similarly, working age people spend a lot of time sitting down in the office. Therefore, we are nearly all guilty of being too sedentary.
Walking is one of the best, cheapest and easiest ways of getting into tip-top shape, both physically and mentally. It not only induces positive emotions, but can help towards maintaining a healthy weight, strengthens bones and muscles and also prevents and manages various health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and COPD.
The walking pace doesn’t need to be intense either, just enough to make you out of breath. This makes it the perfect activity to get out and about to enjoy the local surroundings. The NHS’ Active 10 app can be used to track how fast and long you’ve walked, and can give you goals to work toward. To download the Active 10 app, visit the App Store or Google Play from your smartphone.
Dr Steve Mann, GP and Clinical Executive, NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“Walking is a simple, inexpensive way to improve your mood and help reduce your waistline after the festive period and the New Year.
“Just 10 minutes of walking a day is achievable, depending on your physical capabilities. Whether it is using the stairs instead of the lift, going for a walk at lunchtime or even parking a bit further away than normal this all adds up at the end of the day.
“Next time you are feeling low, or in need of inspiration, why not put on some sensible shoes, head on outside for a 10 minute walk alone or with family or friends and enjoy the changing season!”
To find out more information about walking for your health, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx
The winter campaign to inform patients about the flu vaccine and the right NHS service to use for different conditions and illnesses is being run by the four clinical commissioning groups across the Black Country in association with the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.