Brisk Walking and the Active 10 App
We all know the importance of being physically active and the good news is that just 10 continuous minutes of brisk walking counts as physical activity. Brisk walking is simply walking faster than you would do normally, which gets the heart pumping, makes you feel more energetic and helps to improve your mood. Over time it can also help to lower the risk of serious illness like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Active 10 has a free app you can download which includes tips and encouragement to help you fit ten-minute brisk walking sessions into your daily routine. It also tells you how much brisk walking you are currently doing as well as helping you to slowly build up from just 10 minutes of exercise to 30 minutes a day by providing regular rewards, challenges and encouragement.
About One You
Active 10 is the latest physical activity campaign from the One You programme, devised by Public Health England. One You is the first national programme that seeks to encourage adults to make positive changes to their everyday behaviours that could see them avoid many of the diseases caused by modern day lifestyles. It is estimated that habits such as poor diet, excessive alcohol, smoking and a lack of activity – are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England and costs the NHS more than £11 billion a year.
The One You campaign provides positive lifestyle messages on areas such as smoking cessation, eating, drinking, sleeping and moving to inform, energise and engage millions of adults, especially those in middle age. One You also provides information on free health checks and how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better.
Osteopathy is a profession that focuses on creating an environment for supporting the health of our patients and the One You campaign, with its focus on positive messages for overall optimal health, is a campaign that aligns well with our osteopathic principles. Osteopaths are ideally placed to provide health advice and guidance to aid people to make the changes proposed by the One You campaign, and demonstrate that there is far more to osteopathic practice than just treating backs.