New year, new you. Time to move off the couch!

Local health and care organisations are urging the public to use the new year as a reason to don their trainers and move more to lose those extra pounds they may have gained over the festive period.

Many of us overindulge during the festive season and spend a lot of time sitting watching the TV and eating fattening foods. Now 2017 has started and the nights are starting to get lighter, why not use this as motivation to get moving and maybe try something new?

The NHS website recommend that adults aged 19-64 carry out around 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week to improve their health. Sitting for long periods of time is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. This can lead to being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancers and even early death.

David Walker, Medical Director, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said:

“Exercise and diet is a key part of staying healthy and preventing health issues.”

“Eating a balanced diet and drinking enough fluid is necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight but exercising regularly is equally important. Ideally, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. If cycling is not your cup of tea then try a fast walk around the countryside. Other moderate activities you could do include: tennis, hiking, water aerobics, pushing a lawn mower, and rollerblading. These kind of activities are not only great for your health but they also can allow you to meet new people and learn new skills.

“We all feel the struggle back to normality after the festive period but it is a great time to make a change and improve your health and wellbeing and maybe even have some fun along the way.”

To find out more information on how to maintain a healthy diet and for exercise tips go to http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx and http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Goodfood/Pages/goodfoodhome.aspx.