Between 2020 and 2030, almost 500 million people will develop heart disease, obesity or diabetes due to physical inactivity, globally. These chronic, preventable conditions will cost £23bn if governments fail to take urgent action. It is against this backdrop that the World Health Organisation has published its first-ever global report on the high cost of physical activity. The report measured the extent to which governments are implementing recommendations to increase physical activity across all ages and abilities. The conclusion is worrying. Data from 194 countries showed that less than 50% of countries have a national physical activity policy and only 30% have national physical activity guidelines for all age groups.
Now that "the most wonderful time of the year" has wrapped up, many people often report feeling a bit flat. For some, it's the usual "January blues", but for others, poor mental health can cause major disruption to their lives. Whether it's anxiety, depression, low mood or loneliness, this time of year can be incredibly difficult for many people. Sadly, patterns of increased rates of depression during the holidays and into January have been well-documented in healthcare.
Mel Bligh is a CORE Fitness Education student who achieved her L2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing and L3 Personal Training in 2019.
I'm a self-employed learning and development consultant and have been for the last 16 years. I specialise in leadership, team and culture development. In my work I facilitate leadership programmes, team workshops and 1:1 coaching.
This year World Mental Health Day is on Thursday 10th October, which coincides with the launch of CORE Fitness Education's new course in Mental Health Awareness. Below, I talk to CORE Fitness Education tutor Jason Feavers about mental health, and what we can do within the fitness industry to support the mental health of ourselves, our clients and our colleagues.
On top of strength exercises that work all the major muscle groups two or more times a week, government guidelines currently state that we should all be getting 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of more vigorous activity per week. There are a plethora of ways you can do that, from abseiling to Zumba. I choose to clock up those weekly exercise minutes by going for a run.
For many of our students their CORE Fitness Education course is the first time they've studied since school. This can seem like a daunting prospect; the practical exam is often more appealing.
Fortunately there are many things you can do to prepare yourself for the academic side of your CORE course which will make walking back into a classroom feel as smooth as possible.