Why Take The Challenge?
Physical activity contributes to wellbeing and is essential for good health. It reduces our risk of developing chronic conditions and helps to maintain our physical and mental health. The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for physical activity recommend that adults should undertake a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.
People who do not move regularly or lead sedentary lifestyles (doing less than 30 minutes of activity a week) are increasing their risk of living with poor health.
Even those who are meeting the recommended levels of physical activity but sit or are inactive for prolonged periods of time are increasing their chances of poor health. This suggests being active is not enough to promote good health but that we also need to ensure that we avoid being inactive throughout the day.
In Wales, 1.3 million people spend 60% of their waking time in work. In recent years, technological advancements have meant the modern workplace is somewhere that now encourages sitting for long periods. Hours spent sitting can cause employees to experience physical and mental health problems, which can lead to time off work, short-term disability, reduced productivity, increased costs, and overall disruption the working environment.
The benefits of
- increased cardiovascular fitness.
- increased muscle strength and flexibility.
- improved joint mobility.
- decreased stress levels.
- improved posture and coordination.
- strengthened bones.
- decreased body fat levels.
- prevention or management of disease.
The CARTEN100 is certainly going to be a significant physical challenge, which I hope is a great way to highlight the importance of exercising regularly and to inspire colleagues and friends to be more active.
Equally important are the two fantastic charities that we are exerting ourselves for this year, Children’s Cancer Care – Sierra Leone via the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity and the Improving Chances charity that I established in 2010.