Published: 12:34 PM, 07 September 2021
A recent England-widesurvey by Public Health England (PHE) reveals that more than a third of SouthAsian adults feel a lack of motivation might prevent them from adopting ahealthier lifestyle. Of those surveyed, 72% believe that having access to ideasaround effective exercise routines could help them to reach their health andfitness goals. In response, PHE is encouraging adults across the nation to usethe NHS Couch to 5K app. This is one of several free apps available from BetterHealth, designed to support people to become more active and lose weight.
NatashaGupta has been using the Couch to 5K app since lockdown started and has foundeach week to be easier than the one before. “I felt I could run for longer,”she says. “I felt healthier, I felt fitter, and my stamina has increased."Natasha has particularly enjoyed being able to kickstart her running regime remotely withfriends, and they've been using the app to keep each other motivated."Better yet, I've had my teen kids join in, and run with me!" sheshares.
Harri Dokia hadn’t been very physically active duringlockdown but wanted to do more. So when her friends suggested they all do thechallenge together, she agreed immediately. She has been using the app for thelast six months, and has been running with both her husband and friends. “Ireally recommend doing Couch to 5K with someone; they can help you staymotivated and hold you accountable at the same time.”
Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement atPHE, welcomed the news: “We’re thrilled that so many people have been using theCouch to 5K app to get more active over lockdown. Keeping active is not onlygood for our physical health but also crucial for our mental health, and wehope the app has helped people to cope better with the challenges the pandemichas brought.”
Vin Patel, Fitness Trainer said: "Beingactive is good for your body and mind - and the more you do, the more you'llbenefit. So if you're thinking about getting more active to improve yourhealth, fitness and well-being, just go for it! Everyone deserves to enjoy thebenefits of being active and it's far easier to get started than people maythink."
Youcan also search ‘Better Health’ or visit nhs.uk/betterhealth forfree advice and support to help you get active and eat healthier this summer.