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Obesity and why you should keep moving

08 January 2018

It’s National Obesity Awareness Week and we are looking at how keeping you moving can help to reduce your weight, assist with obesity and ultimately improve your overall wellbeing.

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According to NHS Digital (March 2017), in 2015 58% of women and 68% of men were overweight or obese. Obesity is generally caused by consuming excess calories (which is stored as fat in the body) and not doing enough physical activity. Obesity can have a severe impact on your health and can lead to serious conditions including:

  • Heart disease and strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Breathing problems

Obesity can also cause further problems including joint and back pain and osteoarthritis which can require Physiotherapy and weight loss to help improve the condition.

We are all guilty of over indulgence during the festive period but as January comes, it’s important to think about our overall health and wellbeing and focus on maintaining a healthier lifestyle.


Staying active

According to NHS choices, healthy adults aged between 19 and 64 should be active daily and need to do two types of physical activity each week. These include:

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as swimming, cycling or a brisk walk per week – this is usually split into 5 x 30minute sessions per week
  • Strength exercises on two or more days a week that should work all major muscles

Exercising for 30 minutes, 5 times a week can be a daunting thought, but being active doesn’t always mean you have to visit a gym; moderate aerobic activity and strength exercises can be incorporated into your day to day life. For example, moderate exercise can include:

  • Mowing the lawn
  • Taking the dog out for a brisk walk
  • Riding a bike
  • Dancing

Strength exercises can also be made easy. Why not try:

  • Gardening – digging and shovelling
  • Yoga
  • Carry shopping bags (this counts too!)

Losing weight and staying active doesn’t just improve your physical health, it also helps to improve mental wellbeing by improving sleep, self-esteem, relieving stress and reducing anxiety and depression. So, keep moving for a healthy body and healthy mind! Visit NHS choices for a full list of moderate and vigorous activity and further advice on how you can keep active.

If you would like to know more about how you can improve health and wellbeing of your colleagues, visit the occupational health section of our website or email

Please note: Contents of this article are for general information purposes and is not meant to replace physiotherapy or medical consultation.

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