GP encourages us all to make exercise a lifelong habit
A local GP is urging people in Reading and the surrounding villages to continue with the exercise gains made during this year’s Beat the Street campaign - whilst reminding them that it’s never too late to make activity part of their lives all-year-round.
Dr Rupert Woolley, lead GP for the project on behalf of the Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said: “Almost 25,000 people of all ages took part in Beat the Street this year to get fitter, to spend more time with loved ones or to take the first steps to exercising. Whatever your reason for taking part, I would like to thank everyone for contributing to reaching the target.”
One of the GP surgeries taking part this year is Western Elms on Oxford Rd, Reading. As well as forming a team, which has accumulated well over 550 miles, they hosted a guided walk for patients on Wednesday 24 June. The surgery took part in the scheme so it could spread the word that light exercise is beneficial for everyone.
Dr Woolley continued: “The trick now is to make exercise a daily habit and to weave it into our daily routines. As a society we pay a lot of attention to weight - but did you know that exercise is an even more important contributor to good health? One of my patients, now has her type II diabetes under control as a result of cycling and walking more. She’s also found that she’s less stressed and has lost weight. She tells me that Beat the Street has given her all the encouragement she needs to make her lifestyle changes work for her for the long term. If exercise can work for her, it can work for anyone!
A video made by Dr Woolley, encouraging people to make exercise a lifelong habit is available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-ZcDbYF5RM&list=PLiv_04Je-DSoeem3t_QVHEDdK1OrOlNG_
Research also shows that on average, an inactive person spends 37% more days in hospital and visits their doctor 5.5% more often compared with someone who exercises regularly.
Notes to editors:
- Regular physical activity is known to improve 23 long-term conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancers, dementia, depression and anxiety. Taking exercise also helps improve the health of those who already have these conditions.
- A survey of those who took part in Beat the Street last year found that 82% of those surveyed felt the programme encouraged them to be more active; 73% said it helped them feel healthier.
- Beat the Street is jointly funded by the NHS North and West Reading and NHS South Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups, and Reading Borough Council's Public Health Team. It uses technology developed by Reading-based health IT company, Intelligent Health.