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Official end of the project

The Healthy Lifestyles Project officially finished at the end of July 2013 but the good work continues! The partners in the five countries are continuing to promote and disseminate the results of the project – as well as using the many outcomes of the project such as the recipe books in their ongoing work. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part in the project, both as partners and also, perhaps more importantly, as the learners for whom this project was developed. We hope that the legacy of the project will be that more people across Europe will realise the importance of taking steps to improve their health and well-being – resulting in a happier, healthier population who are able to live life to the full as a result of their ‘Healthy Lifestyles’.

Elevator to fitness?

I think they’ve missed the point!

Nordic walking – a great way to exercise!

Nordic Walking puts in motion approximately 90% of the body muscles.

The help of sticks considerably reduces fatigue, sharing it over the whole body. You can rediscover walking with four points of contact on the ground in the city, in the countryside, in the mountains and by the sea.

Nordic Walking is recommended for all, regardless of age and physical condition because it:

• restores posture and coordination

• improves flexibility and joint mobility

• increases calorie consumption up to 45% compared to normal walking

• boosts aerobic resistance by increasing heart rate (average 10/17 beats per minute) with respect to the normal-walking

• induces increased muscle tone, engaging almost all of the musculature

• reduces muscle tension in the shoulders and neck

• increases the metabolism of the spine intervertebral discs facilitating the prevention and treatment of back problems

• strengthens the immune and cardiovascular system

• is recommended to complete rehabilitation phases of the lower limbs and fast recovery of mobility

• provides out-door activity which has anti-stress and anti-depressive effects.

Why not give it a go!

 

Do you have a healthy BMI?

The Body Mass Index (or BMI) is a way of seeing if your weight is appropriate for your height. The actual calculation is your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height (in metres) squared but it’s also easy to read on the chart. BMI can be divided into several categories and generally the higher your BMI, the greater your risk of a large range of medical problems.

BMI charts are calculated for adults only (separate charts are available for children’s weight and heights). Inaccuracies can also occur if you’re an athlete or very muscular as this can give you a higher BMI even if you have a healthy level of body fat and this BMI chart is not appropriate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people who are very frail.

 

The BBC have a great tool you can use to check your BMI here!

15-minute daily exercise is ‘bare minimum for health’

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can increase life expectancy by three years and cut death risk by 14%, according to recent research.

The Lancet study, based on a review of more than 400,000 people in Taiwan, showed 15 minutes per day or 90 minutes per week of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, can add three years to your life. Meanwhile, work in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests a couch potato lifestyle with six hours of TV a day cuts lifespan by five years.

Another benefit is that people who start to do more exercise tend to get a taste for it and up their daily quota. More exercise led to further life gains. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise further reduced all-cause death rates by 4%. Moderate exercise does not have to be a long jog, it could be a brisk walk to work or taking the stairs instead of the lift.

The UK government recently updated its advice to have a more flexible approach, recommending adults get 150 minutes of activity a week. This could be a couple of 10-minute bouts of activity every day or 30-minute exercise sessions, five times a week, for example.