Take life on and get healthier and fitter for the summer

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With British summertime starting on March 31, people in Brechin are urged to get active to stave off the holiday blues.

New research has revealed over two thirds of people in the area (70 per cent) don’t make a conscious effort to get more active in the run up to summer, yet half regretted it last year, wishing they had done more.

The Scottish Government’s Take Life On campaign is urging people to set themselves up for a fitter, healthier, holiday season.

Just half an hour of exercise five times a week between now and July – the Chief medical officer’s recommendation - will not only boost energy levels but protect against many chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Physical inactivity contributes to 2,500 premature deaths in Scotland every year yet more than a third of Scots admit they do less than the recommended guidelines, leaving them a risk of ill health.

Dr David White, physical activity champion at the Scottish Government, is urging people to make small changes to their lifestyle to reap the benefits this summer.

He said: “Although the weather outside doesn’t indicate that summer is appearing anytime soon, with the clocks going forward, it is a good time for Scots to take the path to a more active lifestyle and make the most of the holiday season.

“The most important thing is to find something you enjoy doing and stick to it. You’ll definitely feel the benefit when July arrives.

“By getting your heart rate up for 30 minutes five days a week, you’ll have more energy to run about after the kids, you’ll feel better about yourself, and you’ll feel healthier and happier when the good weather arrives.

“Getting active doesn’t have to involve joining a gym or spending money on equipment. Going for a walk with friends, playing outside with the kids, or going for a swim in the local pool all count towards your 30 minutes. It’s really that easy.”

Health is the biggest factor for getting fit for the four in ten health conscious Scots, followed by feeling better about your body and appearance.

The Take Life On campaign offers advice and information on taking the first steps to at www.takelifeon.co.uk