A daily walk is a ‘powerful medicine’
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.