"There are currently 7 million people in the UK living with cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. However, in many cases people can reduce their risk of these conditions by improving their diet, doing more physical activity and quitting smoking.
New statistics released 2 weeks ago show that 30% of adults in England eat 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day, and 33% of men and 45% of women do not do the recommended 150 minutes ofphysical activity a week.
To better understand these trends, we carried out a survey that showed a lack of time and motivation are top of the list in terms of barriers that are preventing people being as healthy as they would like. The survey found that 23% of people said their family or work commitments get in the way of them leading a healthier lifestyle, with 20% saying losing motivation is the biggest barrier currently preventing them from leading a healthier lifestyle.
Small, everyday changes
In response, the British Heart Foundation are encouraging people to ‘start small’ by taking at least 10 minutes every day to make a small change towards a healthier lifestyle during February’s Heart Month. This is in line with government recommendations that adults should aim to be active daily, ‘in bouts of 10 minutes or more’, adding up to at least 150 minutes per week.
Catherine Kelly, their Director of Prevention, Survival and Support, said: “The public have told us loud and clear that time and motivation are fundamental barriers to a healthy lifestyle. We have to listen to their concerns and during this Heart Month we are offering people manageable and realistic guidance to help make small changes to their extremely busy routines. We know that changing the simplest everyday habits can make a big difference - from getting off the bus two stops early to eating more fruit and veg, and building bite-sized chunks of physical activity in to your everyday life. During Heart Month we’re urging everyone to take on the Heart month 10 minute challenge to improve their heart health"
You can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #10MinChallenge"
Article with thanks to The British Heart Foundation and can be found here.