This week the health secretary Matt Hancock outlined his vision for the NHS, and about helping people making healthier choices.
In his speech he said
“Last year Emergency admission in A&E went up 6.6% which the NHS can’t cope with.
But it’s not all about money, preventing ill health can transform lives and society for the better.
Prevention medicine can have twice the impact on the on the length of a healthy life”
He then went on to say “I want to see people taking greater personal responsibility for managing their own health, for looking after themselves better. So, staying active and stopping smoking”
This is brilliant news and I am so glad that the government are intervening and helping our NHS to do something.
BUT isn’t this obvious? The more we exercise, move regularly and eat healthily then we are giving are selves a better chance.
There is so much education out there on all these things and resources online why don’t people already take it on board?
Matt Hancock also said it was about “helping people to make better choices by taking care of their own health”
So perhaps now, those of us that do understand how exercise can lead to a healthier lifestyle must start and continue to promote the benefits.
I run an online Pilates membership which I am fully aware is aimed at those who can afford to make that choice as individuals, although even those who can still make the decision chose not too!
Why is that?
It doesn’t have to be Pilates although the benefits are amazing Find out more HERE even making changes like walking more, climbing stairs.
How can companies help?
Matt Hancock also mentioned that companies need to do more “to get sick people back to work”
But carrying on his theme of “prevention is better than cure” then maybe this is the time for Companies to encourage their employees to exercise.
Encourage People to take their lunch breaks and not sit at their desks here are the reasons why you shouldn’t stay at your desk all day
Provide showers at work for people who want to exercise before work or at lunchtimes.
Use one of your meeting rooms for a weekly /daily class or even (here’s the sell!) subscribe to an online membership where employees can come into the room and do a session e.g. Pilates! Or even provide a subscription for your employees so they can do it at home.
Remember that when people exercise, they have taken time away from the business cleared their heads, had a hit of all those great endorphins and are ready and rearing to go again.
Even if you work for yourself it’s so important to take time away from your desk your health and your mind. This gives you lots of reasons to move more so have a read “How long should you sit for in your day”
Why not start now with Pilates, it’s easy to do at home or in an office, you just need enough space to lay a mat down, you don’t even need to get changed!
So, what is stopping you?
I’d love to hear, pop onto my Facebook page Studio 44 Pilates or Studio 44 Pilates on twitter with the #preventionisbetterthancure and let me know.
Want to find out more about my
10-minute Pilates online membership
then click HERE