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Olympics inspires health choices

Posted on Thursday 9th August 2012

Olympics inspire healthy choices

The most successful Olympic Games for Great Britain in a century is inspiring more Cumbrian’s to take up sport and make healthier life choices - and public health experts are advising those returning to or starting new sporting activities to get support and advice from trainers and health professionals.

The gold rush of medals for Team GB in the London 2012 games is encouraging more people to take up new sports.

Cumbria has been named as one of the top three counties in the country for adults taking exercise. Sport England's Active People 4 survey show a significant increase in the numbers of people across the county taking part in sport and physical activity.

For the past three and a half years NHS Cumbria has been working with Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Sport and Physical Activity Forum, Active Cumbria, to encouraged Cumbrians to exercise for 30 minutes three times a week.

The results, from Sport England's Active People 4 survey, show 25.5 per cent of the adult population in Cumbria are doing 30 minutes of moderate intensity sport of physical activity three times a week. This is set against the three year target of 24.9 per cent, starting from a baseline of 20.9 per cent when the target was introduced. Cumbria is 3.7 per cent ahead of the national average and 3.1 per cent more than the north west average.

However training at all levels needs to be planned.

Deputy Director of Public Health, Nigel Calvert said: “If you have not taken exercise or played active sport for sometime you need to start off gently. If you join a sports club or gym ask the coach or trainer for advice on planning your training.

“Some people should check with their doctor before they start becoming more physically active, for example if you have a heart condition, suffer from hypertension, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol or you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity.

“Whatever your level of fitness warming up is essential before exercising. Without a warm-up, your workout won't be as efficient as it could be. Your muscles won't be warm and will be less supple, which can increase your risk of injury.

“However exercise is an essential part of helping to keep healthy whatever your age.”

Posted on Thursday 9th August 2012


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