We all know we should put some time into our relationships with our spouses or partners to build a healthy, loving bond. How many of us, though, put as much effort as we should into our relationship with our health? According to Professor Steven Blair of the University of South Carolina, USA in an article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, physical inactivity is the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.
"There is now overwhelming evidence that regular physical activity has important and wide-ranging health benefits," he said.
Government guidelines suggest that that adults under 65 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week, but as only 14% of UK adults exercise regularly it seems that most of us are failing to reach that target.
A common reason for not keeping up with an exercise programme is poor motivation.
A good tip to help you keep committed is to choose a form of exercise you enjoy. Turn your chosen activity into a social event, and you'll soon be looking forward to it rather than dreading it. Get together with a group of friends, and go for long weekend walks or cycle ride, or take up a team game like netball. Netball's suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and most members enjoy the chance to improve their fitness in a fun, low pressure environment with new friends.
To find out more about Play Simple Netball, a friendly and approachable league organisation in the North West, visit www.simplenetball.co.uk or call 07779 642041.