Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 09:45
We are already well into summer and the holiday season is in full swing. Hopefully you are fit and well enough to enjoy lots of exciting summer activities, A&E departments often see an upswing in attendances with physical injuries this time of year as people do things they are not used to and get muscle or bony injuries as a result. Staying fit and healthy is the most important thing in our lives, if you are unwell it doesn’t matter how rich you are your quality of life will be affected adversely.
As doctors we are constantly urging you to eat a healthy diet and take enough exercise. Exercise can be difficult for those of us who work in an office and travel to work by car. Just when do you fit it in? This month the local NHS community physiotherapy department did an educational session for local GPs about exercise in the workplace and general back care. They made us aware of a campaign by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists to encourage people to do simple exercises at their desks to improve fitness levels. This link:
is to a leaflet explaining some simple exercises you can try yourselves. I tried them and they do make you feel fitter!
Another thing you can do to improve your health is to have a NHS Health Check. If you are in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition such as heart disease or diabetes etc. you can get a NHS Health Check form your GP. You may have received a letter offering this but if you haven’t why not ask your GP reception if you are eligible. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay healthy!