NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to think early about making a commitment to improve their health this January.
Simple resolutions such as quitting smoking or living a healthier lifestyle can go a long way to improving personal health.
Many people do not exercise regularly enough and making a resolution to do so in January will dramatically improve health. It can reduce the risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower the chance of early death by up to 30%.
Regular exercise doesn’t have to mean running a marathon every week. Moderate-intensity exercise is enough to raise a person’s heart raise and break sweat. This could include:
- Walking fast
- Water aerobics
- Riding a bicycle
- A light jog
Recommended physical activity levels vary depending upon age. Children under five years of age should do 180 minutes every day, young adults from age five to 18 should exercise for 60 minutes a day. Adults aged 19-64 should aim to get 150 minutes of exercise per week and older adults over 65 too.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer of NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG said: “Exercising more is also another good commitment to make in the New Year. The benefits of regular exercise are well documented. From improved vascular health, to increased self-esteem and confidence, the effort is certainly worth it. People of all ages should endeavour to exercise regularly.”
“In conjunction with more exercise, a nutritious balanced diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats can dramatically improve health and body composition.
“Making a commitment to eat healthier is often very difficult for some people but with abit of determination alongside the help and support from our services it is certainly possible.
Many people also struggle in their fight to give up smoking. But by making an early commitment to stop smoking in January the CCG is hoping that many smokers can kick the habit.
“Giving up smoking is another resolution you can make which will improve your health and there is a range of NHS support to help,” said Dr Clayton.