Healthy habits, healthy you
Unless we've been specifically warned not to do certain types of exercise, staying active is good for us all.
None of us are as sprightly as we used to be, but even if you have a long term health problem you can generally find something to aid your condition. That's the inspiration for the #WeAreUndefeatable campaign from Sport England and 15 of the country's leading health charities.
Keeping active to help manage health conditions
As long as you listen to your body and take any advice from your GP, Cancer Research UK suggests that keeping active after you've been diagnosed or had treatment for cancer can improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. It's believed it can even play a part in helping some people lessen their risks of certain types of the disease altogether.
Being overweight is the second largest preventable cause of cancer after smoking, having been directly linked to an increased risk of 13 different cancers.
Cardiac Rehab is designed to help peoplemanage their condition, improve their health and recover their quality of life after a cardiac event or heart attack. Classes are run in many leisure centres as well as at Royal Surrey County Hospital and Ashford & St Peters Hospital. Your consultant or GP should be able to give you details.
Simple, low impact exercises to improve balance can dramatically reduce the likelyhood of having a fall. Many boroughs now run weekly strength & balance classes (sometimes called 'Otago') for those at risk.
GP exercise referrals - 'social prescribing'
Doctors and health professionals can refer patients with certain medical conditions to a qualified exercise specialist who devises and delivers a 12 week tailored exercise programme at a reduced price. Visit your local GP or health professional and ask if they will refer you.
Do you have diabetes and live near Dorking? Do you want to improve your health and join our lovely social walkers? Friendly group meets weekly to explore the surrounding countryside and new joiners are welcome. For more details contact Charlotte Long at Active Surrey on 07968 832429.
If you want to start every week off well, join others with Type 2 diabetes for a sociable, instructor-led walk at 10am every Monday at Frimley Lodge Park. Get to know and support others who are changing their health for the better. Just call Craig in Surrey Heath Community Development on 01276 707272
Staying healthy includes your mental health too. Across Surrey there are activities to specifically boost mental wellbeing such as Community League football for mental health. This is run by Woking in the Community, with teams in Woking, Camberley, Leatherhead and Guildford at time of writing - contact Community@WokingFC.co.uk
If you know someone with dementia near Farnham, we're trialling a social walking group for sufferers and their carers on Wednesdays.
The Wheel of Well-being is a tool that can help you start to take care of your mental fitness. Try some of these easy ways of building the Wheel of Well-being into your daily life:
- Be active – try yoga or pilates, or go for a run.
- Keep learning – book a class and try out a new skill. Have a look at our adult learning website to see what’s on offer.
- Give – volunteer for a local charity or help out in your local community. There are lots of ideas to help you get started here.
- Connect – if you’re feeling worried or stressed, talk to your friends or family.
- Take notice – spend some time outside each day to take in your surroundings. For ideas about where to go, have a look at Explore Surrey.
- Care – do your bit to look after our planet by recycling. Find out what can be recycled where you live.
Visit the Wheel of Well-being website to find out more
How exercise can help
The following graphics from Public Health England will give you an idea of some of the benefits to be gained from regular physical activity, and what you should aim for. ('Moderate intensity' activity increases your breathing and can include walking, cycling, dancing, swimming - even gardening. Vigorous exercise generally means a sport which leaves you breathing fast and unable to talk much.)
Other aids to wellbeing
For more information on eating well, health check ups and seasonal advice, visit Healthy Surrey