Moving more makes a difference

The British Heart Foundation are starting a campaign to get us moving more they say they have a slogan:

Moving more makes a difference

‘Sedentary behaviour, that is, sitting or lying down with low energy expenditure, has been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as obesity and weight gain. Participating in physical activity can reduce this risk.

Statistics show the average person sits for almost nine hours a day and almost 70% of an office worker’s average sitting time is at work.’ (www.bhf.org.uk)

On Your Feet Britain is an initiative which aims on increasing awareness of the need to move more every day. On Friday 28 April there is a national day when people across Britain can unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore at work or at home.

“Get up offa that thing

This is name of the famous James Brown song which has been used with this media campaign.

The ‘On Your Feet Britain Challenge’ dares you to take James Brown at his word and convert ‘sitting time’ to ‘standing time’. Reducing the amount of sitting you do in a day is easier than you think (http://www.getbritainstanding.org). The office team will be taking part on Friday!

We at Home Instead try to encourage our clients to move around as much as possible within their own homes or on trips out to the park, shops, library, church and so on. Some clients wish only to go out for an hour or so others want a day trip we have ideas to suit all.

We have a handout, in the office, of suggested places our CAREGivers can take their clients on outings such as local parks, museums, country houses as well as places further away such as Duxford Air Museum and Maldon Promenade!

So let’s make a start, we can make a difference to our health – let’s move more!

Client with a CAREGiver at William Morris Gallery at Lloyd House Park, Walthamstow

office group photo with CQC 'Outstanding' award
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home