A daily walk is a ‘pow­er­ful medicine’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A NEW ini­tia­tive has been launched which will help peo­ple near­ing re­tire­ment age to be­come more ac­tive.

Pen­sion For Your Body is a six week chal­lenge to en­cour­age peo­ple to start mak­ing steps to­wards a more ac­tive fu­ture, which has been launched by Bucks County Coun­cil.

One in six peo­ple in Bucks, about 94,000 peo­ple, is al­ready over the age of 65, and with thou­sands more due to re­tire in the next few years, it is hoped the scheme will en­cour­age peo­ple to start sav­ing for their health pen­sion as well as their fi­nan­cial pen­sion.

It is rec­om­mended that adults should aim to be ac­tive ev­ery day and ac­cu­mu­late 150 min­utes of ac­tiv­ity each week, with 10 minute bursts of ac­tiv­ity each day be­ing ben­e­fi­cial to peo­ple’s health.

Martin Phillips, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, said: “We all know that be­ing a bit more ac­tive on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, es­pe­cially as we get older, can pro­duce real health and so­cial ben­e­fits.

“For ex­am­ple, it is sur­pris­ing to learn just how pow­er­ful a medicine a daily or near daily walk can be.

“Stud­ies are find­ing new ben­e­fits all the time such as pre­vent­ing heart dis­ease and di­a­betes, re­liev­ing back pain, re­duc­ing anx­i­ety and im­prov­ing over­all qual­ity of life.

“But what’s stop­ping us is not hav­ing the time or money or mo­ti­va­tion to do it.

“I hope the Pen­sion For Your Body chal­lenge will help to over­come some of those bar­ri­ers, in­spire peo­ple to give the chal­lenge a go and feel bet­ter for it.”

Once reg­is­tered, peo­ple will re­ceive one to one sup­port and guid­ance. They can also set up goals and mon­i­tor their progress each week.

To find out more about the chal­lenge, or to sign up, go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/ bodypen­sion.

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