As you may or may not know, January 13th – 17th is National Obesity Awareness Week (NOAW). Co-ordinated by the National Obesity Forum, it aims to raise awareness of the so-called obesity epidemic, but without the doom and gloom usually associated with the subject.
Earlier this week, predictions surfaced that over half of the UK population will be obese by 2050. Even now, 1 in 5 children in London are clinically obese, and half of all adults in the country are overweight or obese. These people are all at greater risk of many serious illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. These statistics are worrying and may make you want to stick your head in the sand, especially if you feel that they apply to you. But don’t! NOAW isn’t about scary facts and feeling guilty, it’s about encouraging people to take the first small steps towards losing weight.
Their website http://www.noaw2014.org.uk/ is packed with ideas for eating healthily, keeping fit and losing weight successfully. Their tips are easy to remember and simple to follow. Our favourites at The Cheapest Life Insurance are ‘eat the rainbow’; a reminder to eat fruit and veg in a variety of colours to get a variety of vitamins and minerals, and ‘back to basics’ a mantra to prompt you to buy healthy wholemeal bread, pasta and rice, instead of refined white bread, pasta and rice, which is much higher in sugar. The emphasis is on changing your lifestyle a step at a time, instead of beginning a radical diet that will leave you feeling empty and craving junk food!
Their tips for getting into exercise and getting fitter are equally helpful. They actually warn against starting a difficult training regime. They are often designed for people who already do a lot of exercise, and can overwhelm somebody who is just starting out. They recommend starting small, by incorporating the exercise into your daily routine, by walking to work or to the shops instead of jumping in the car for every journey. If you don’t like the idea of exercising in public, there are loads of things you can do at home! Bodyweight exercises such as push ups, squats and lunges build up strength as well burn fat, and are free too! However, it is important not to do the same exercises every time, so check out Youtube for thousands of videos of home based routines for you to try.
The National Obesity Forum is all about making small changes, to pave the way for life changing ones! So swap your chocolate bar for an apple, get off the bus a stop early, and above all enjoy the feeling of being fitter and healthier!