NHS bosses urge public to get fit in 2014

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: DR MIKE IONS DR MIKE IONS

NHS bosses have urged people to commit to improving their health in the coming year.

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group said simple resolutions such as quitting smoking or living a healthier lifestyle can go a long way to improving people’s lives.

Dr Mike Ions, chief clinical officer, said: “Exercising more is also another good commitment to make in the New Year.

“From improved vascular health, to increased self-esteem and confidence, the effort is certainly worth it. People of all ages should endeavour to exercise regularly. In conjunction with more exercise, a nutritious balanced diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats can dramatically improve health and body composition.

“Making a commitment to eat healthier is often very difficult for some people but with a bit of determination alongside the help and support from our services it is certainly possible.”

He stressed that moderate-intensity exercise is enough to raise a person’s heart rate and break sweat, and could include walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bicycle and light jogging.

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