Well as one of those middle aged people Public Health England (PHE) are referring too, I thought I better take a look at how health behaviours are affecting my generation, customers, friends and family.
The information from the Health Survey for England is quite alarming, 69.5 percent of the population aged 40-60 (men and women combined) are at risk of serious health conditions due to being overweight or obese.
As part of the PHE’s One You campaign – you can undertake a 'How Are You?' quiz to see how your lifestyle behaviours may be impacting on your health. Some of my clients, family and friends who have taken the quiz have been a little surprised with their own health score and are now preparing to make changes to improve their health.
The figures provided below represent the prevalence of people aged 40-60 who drink over the Chief Medical Officers' guidelines, who are inactive (less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week) and those being overweight or obese.
Reference British Heart Foundation National Centre, Weekly News Bulletin, Wed 04/01/2017 16:03
Worryingly the survey data also suggested 83 percent of people have at least one risk factor with more than a third having two or more risk factors.
As fitness professionals, we know how difficult it can be for our clients to change habits of a lifetime. My hope is this campaign can be used by all health, exercise and fitness professionals to help their clients honestly look at their lifestyle and habits and with our support choose to make a change for a healthy future.
Like us, do you fit in to the middle age bracket? Are you trying to change some or all of you habits of a lifetime? What are you struggling with most? Leave your comments below for some motivational support.