Is it time we step up and take accountability for own health, behaviour and lifestyle? We all want to spectate in life, taking full participation and to be able to critical think takes effort and good health. “Real thinking is hard work, that’s why most of us rearrange our prejudices.” William James. We of course need medicine, I am not saying that we don’t, but the whole system that we are taught right from money, banking debit, credit, health do not serve us and cause more problems. Is it about time that we took accountability for ourselves and stepped up and out of conformity/conditioning.
Can you imagine the potential of human society if every person was as healthy as they possibly could be? For all human traditional societies, health is the central foundation of the philosophy of living. If the people of the community are sick, then the society cannot progress and advance into higher forms as a collective. Why have we lost this way of thinking? Today, chronic disease afflicts nearly 80% of the population. Trillions of dollars are spent treating those who are unwell. It seems to stem from the disconnection that health is a fundamental pillar of our society.For our children we need to build the cornerstones of stable, long-lived people who are able to achieve their full potential.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, and merely the absence of disease or infirmity. WHO
So why haven’t the Gov throughout this whole pandemic not supported and pushed for health and wellbeing to help combat COVID19?
Locked us down…shut the gyms…people’s mental health has been impacted…this in turn has led to many emotionally eating or drinking more alcohol or both. This is just the beginning of the NHS being overwhelmed…not from coronavirus but from more people having long term health conditions linked to obesity and diabetes. The true cost of COVID19 is yet to come to fruition. I know there are many Fitness professionals nationwide that want to get back to work and get society fitter and healthier.
We have tried to keep people motivated, fit and well by doing online fitness, but grassroots sports and outdoor and indoor fitness needs to resume ASAP. It’s about time the fitness sector was recognised for the important role it plays in keeping society fit and healthy. I think the bigger picture is that ‘the system’ advertises bad diets and lack of exercise. It guides people through a set education system that generally leads into jobs that people don’t particularly like. It tells people how to bank, that you must buy a house and pay a mortgage, and get insurance, watch that box of facts in the corner and pretty much anyone that steps out of the ‘norm’ is a little weird. Then when people eventually get ill due to the life they’ve been told to live, they then give them tablets to make them better… only they don’t really get that much better. It’s happened before COVID19 and it’ll continue to happen after COVID19.
Health Benefits – EXERCISE leads to…
30% lower risk of depression. Our National depression rate has DOUBLED in 12 months, suicides are at a 20 year high.
35% lower risk of coronary heart disease.
83% lower risk of osteoporosis.
50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
50% lower risk colon cancer.
30% lower risk of early death.
Economic benefits PER YEAR.
Prevention of serious physical & mental health conditions estimated at £9.5bn.
£5.2bn healthcare savings.
£1.7bn social care savings.
£3.6bn savings by preventing 900,000 T2 diabetes cases.
£3.5bn through avoided dementia cases & related care.
£450m saved preventing 30 million GP visits.
COVID19 and obesity facts:
113% more likely to be hospitalised
48% of hospitalised COVID19 patients qualify as obese. Obesity increases risk of critical illness from COVID19 by 50%.
Obesity & T2 diabetes cost our NHS 9 BILLION per year and a further 35 million to wider society.
NHS has 90,000 vacancies, if we reduced obesity we’d save billions and be able to incentivise those positions and finally save our health service through action, not reaction.
“Internationally, the lockdowns have placed 130 million people on the brink of starvation, 80 million children at risk for diphtheria, measles and polio, and 1.8 million patients at risk of death from tuberculosis. The lockdowns in developed countries have devastated the poor in poor countries. The World Economic Forum estimates that the lockdowns will cause an additional 150 million people to fall into extreme poverty, 125 times as many people as have died from COVID.” – Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD, Stanford University.
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What are the effects on public health of gyms and leisure centres being shut during lockdowns? Could more people be suffering worse symptoms – or even death – from COVID19 due to physical activity facilities being out of bounds?
As evidence mounts that being overweight or obese, and/or having low cardiorespiratory fitness are likely to worsen COVID19 outcomes – and that the pandemic is “bad for mental health” – societies could yet rue the cost of closing gyms and physical activity facilities as part of coronavirus restrictions.
Studies show that preventing people from taking part in organised exercise has resulted in falls in cardiorespiratory fitness levels and weight gain – the two risk factors causing worse COVID19 symptoms.
Among the surveys outlining how lockdowns are resulting in weight gains in the UK population, is one carried out by OnePoll for Cambridge WeightPlan. It found that nearly half (48 per cent) of women and 44 per cent of men are likely to put on weight during lockdowns.
Another, titled Obesity, eating behavior and physical activity during COVID-19 lockdown: A study of UK adults, shows that lockdown weight gains are a result of a combination of falling activity levels and an increase in unhealthy eating habits.
In the UK, industry body UKactive estimates that the three lockdowns will have cost the UK around 700m ‘lost workouts’, as people have been prevented from following their usual exercise regime.
As people have become more sedentary, UKactive is now describing the pandemic lockdowns as the “National Sit-down”, reflecting findings that 42 per cent of UK adults admitted to sitting for at least 14 hours longer each week.
The findings come from a poll conducted by Savanta ComRes, which also showed that motivation to exercise is now at a record low for many Brits, as the closure of gyms, pools and leisure facilities restricts the options for staying active and healthy.
The Savanta ComRes findings also raised concerns about families’ activity levels. Parents of children under the age of 18 are more likely (84 per cent) than those without children below this age (76 per cent) to have spent longer sitting per day during lockdown.
Significantly, nearly half (45 per cent) of the parents that responded agreed that their children’s emotional and physical wellbeing, and behaviour, would improve if their household had access to a local gym or leisure facility.
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