Benefits of being physically active
Being active regularly can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer. There are so many health benefits of being active regularly and it can boost your self esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy.
For most people the easiest way to get moving is to make activity part of every day life such as walking or cycling instead of using the car. However, the more you do the better, and the better you will feel.
"If exercise were a pill it would be one of the most cost effective drugs ever invented" - Dr Nick Cavill
Having a brief healthy conversation
Use open discovery questions to make the most of conversations by recognising an opportunity to discuss health and wellbeing.
This could be 'How much physical activity do you do at the moment?' or based upon something that you've just been talking about such as - 'How have you traveled here today?'
Acknowledge the response by using healthy conversation skills such as active listening, reflecting or showing empathy. This will allow for a joint understanding of the support a person needs.
Take appropriate action to either give information, signpost to a local service or refer them yourself. Remember that the solution must be person centered and they must want to change.
It is widely evidenced that physical activity can have a positive effect on both physical and mental wellbeing, both in the context of prevention and treatment. If you want to know more about activity and health and local offers visit the Active Together Active Medicine page: https://www.active-together.org/activemedicine
Health benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines - www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits/
Kickstart your health with Better Health - www.nhs.uk/better-health/?WT.mc_ID=Google&
Easy ways to eat well and move more - https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
Below are flyers providing support and guidance around the Chief Medical Officers physical activity guidelines for specific groups, click on the web link to make your move