Chief Medical Adviser Chris Whitty: exercise ‘the best thing you can do’ during lockdown

Chief Medical Adviser Chris Whitty: exercise ‘the best thing you can do’ during lockdown.

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The government’s chief medical adviser, Chris Whitty, used the government’s daily coronavirus briefing last week to stress the importance of exercise to public health.

Speaking during the question and answer session on 15 April, Whitty – who is also England’s Chief Medical Officer – said being physically active was “very important to long-term health” and crucial for keeping people fighting fight during the ongoing pandemic.

“There is no situation, there is no age and no condition where exercise is not a good thing,” he said.

“So anything that can be done to encourage – and to allow – people to take exercise is clearly a good thing.

“In this period, in which people are in lockdown, that might mean exercising indoors – and there are a lot of things people can do in their houses.

“Nevertheless, one of the reasons that we had exercise as one of the very limited range of reasons people could leave their houses – and still be protecting the NHS and saving lives – was for exercise.

“And the reason for that is that exercise is one of the best things you can possibly do.”

Whitty added that even those who are classed as vulnerable – older people and those with underlying health concerns – should make every effort to stay active.

“There are a number of citizens who are either older or have existing health conditions,” he said. “These people are shielding – preventing a situation where they come into contact with someone who could pass on this virus. And that is a very important thing for them to do.

“But we would definitely want those who are shielding to exercise too, so the message for them is to exercise indoors.

“Also, care staff and those who are living with vulnerable people have to be aware of the dangers in coming into contact with the virus. But I certainly want to stress the point that, wherever possible, people should be taking exercise. This is very important for long-term health.”

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Have you had a fitness goal for a while??

how can we help?
*Join our online group on facebook – Everybodys gym group.
*Take a look at our guides of how to warm up and cool down.
*Join our live sessions 3 times a week
*get nutrition advice

Why not use this time to start to take your first steps towards your goal! couch to 5k, 10k or half marathon….use you daily exercise to build up to this. Use strava or map my run etc to keep records of what you have achieved. Before you know it your mindset will have changed to try and better times….improve distances etc.

Can you do a press up or could you improve your flexibility? This could be your chance to get your joints and muscles ready for your return to the gym.

Do something for your community. You could do anything…..get in contact with your local council or food back to see what you can do, or simply give a little something to someone who inspires you…..For example Captain Tom Phillips – Cpt Tom Moore is walking 100 lengths of his garden for NHS Charities Together because our fantastic NHS workers are national heroes. His target was £500,000 and at the time of writing this he has raised a massive £19,101,645.00 which is unbelievable.

How about run 5k Donate £5 and nominate £5 – they have raise an amazing £3.5 million so far

We miss you all at the gym and we hop our content is keeping you active 🙂

Why have an Exercise programme?

Exercise programs are popular. We have different types of classes, exercise routines and equipment, catering to a wide range of people.

If you are unfamiliar with what is involved, starting an exercise program can be challenging. Talk to us to find out about the many options available.
Health benefits of exercise programs
An exercise program that is tailored specifically to your needs is a great way to stay physically and mentally fit. It also provides additional benefits such as:
improved condition of the heart and lungs
increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
increased aerobic fitness
improved muscle tone and strength
weight management
better coordination, agility and flexibility
improved balance and spatial awareness
increased energy levels
increased physical confidence
reduced risk of chronic disease (such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease)
improved sleep
improved brain function and health
improved general and psychological wellbeing
greater self-confidence and self-esteem
improved social life.

Assessing your fitness level for an exercise program
You probably have some idea of how fit you are. However, assessing and recording baseline (starting) fitness scores can give you benchmarks (points of comparison) against which to measure your progress.

Before you start your new exercise program, record:

your pulse rate (heart rate) before and after a walk
how long you take to walk a certain distance
how many bench push-ups or squats you can do in 30 seconds
your waist circumference (measured midway between the top of your hip bone and bottom of your ribs).
your body mass index (BMI). This is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres, squared.

Designing your fitness program
Consulting with us when designing your fitness program can help you reduce injury and customise your program to your needs, especially if you are new to exercise or you haven’t done any physical activity for a while. Points to keep in mind when designing your program include:

Consider your goals. Are you starting a fitness program to lose weight or for some other reason?
Think about your likes and dislikes. Choose activities you will enjoy.
Plan a logical progression of activity. If you’re just beginning to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly.
Build activity into your daily routine. Schedule time to exercise as you would any other appointment.
Think variety. By varying your activities (cross-training), you can avoid exercise boredom.
Allow time for recovery after exercising and make sure you have an adequate healthy diet.
Put it on paper. A written plan can encourage you to stay on track.

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