Exercise and Weight Reduction

Imagine a drug that the doctor could give you , that achieved all of the list below…and more.

  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

As I’m sure you’ll have realised, these are just some of the benefits of exercise. Here’s some guidance as to what’s out there that might help you kick start an exercise programme

1. Shape Up Referral – 12 week free course for MALES only. 01923 496391 – shapeupherts.com
A programme that educates men to develop a healthy relationship with food and change unhealthy behaviours and habits that cause weight gain. The programme engages men in a fun and effective way and uses group exercise and sport to improve fitness and support weight loss.

2. Active for Life – Sportspace

Accessed via form from GP that gives you a reduction on the usual cost of membership at Sportspace and personal trainer advice.

3. Dacorum Health Walks 01992 588433

The Dacorum Health Walks is part of a countywide programme of free, volunteer – led walks that aims to help people get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. The walks are all sociable and you do not need any special equipment to join in, just comfortable shoes. To register to walk either sign up online at our website or just turn up a few minutes early for your first walk.

4. Dacorum Sports Network

This excellent resource provides a list of all the local Sports Clubs.

5. Think outside the box with your exercise as it doesn’t have to include lycra and a gym. As long as you are active, you will benefit in some way, for instance taking up dancing or even playing the drums! NHS Choices do an excellent programme called Couch to 5K. This is a 9 week programme that guides you through to getting fit and can even be loaded as an app onto your phone. The feedback we’ve had on this is really good. The NHS also run a great programme called Change4Life which is full of great tips on how to start getting healthy and happy.

6. We can refer you to Weight watchers or Slimming World through the NHS providing you fulfil the following criteria

  • 16 years and above
  • BMI >30
  • BMI > 28 with co – morbidities
  • BMI >27.5kg/m2 of Asian Origin with or without co-morbidities
  • Motivated to lose weight
  • Able to attend weekly support meetings for 12 weeks
  • No eating disorders
  • Not attended a similar commercial weight management programme in previous 3 months
  • Pregnant women are excluded

Just contact your GP and we can arrange the forms for you.

If you’re STILL in any doubt as to why exercise is a great thing to do, have a look at this clip on You Tube – 23 and a half hours It’s only a few minutes long and really shows why half an hour a day of exercise benefits every aspect of your life.