Sue Woolley: I’m stepping up for some autumn fitness

Fitness. File Picture.
Fitness. File Picture.

Let’s commit to be fit!

With autumn now truly on its way and the nights drawing in, keeping fit and healthy through exercise isn’t always at the top of our priorities.

As chairman of the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board, I have a great interest in promoting physical activity as a way of ensuring that we all stay in shape.

I have been trying very hard to practice what I preach. Many of you will know that I have recently taken this interest to another level by taking part in a 100-day fitness competition entered by organisations up and down the country.

Lincolnshire County Council has seen 75 teams of staff and a selection of councillors – 525 in total – tracking their daily activity through the use of small gadgets known as Pulse Accelerometers.

We have been working towards a daily target of 10,000 steps with the aim of completing the equivalent distance to a tour around the world.

Steps can be calculated through walking, running, cycling, swimming and even ballroom dancing.

Those of you who know me will have seen me on my bike and walking around more than usual in an attempt to increase my number of ‘steps.’ An added incentive is that I don’t want to let my team down, and this has encouraged me to work even harder.

Not only has this initiative helped me to become fitter, but it has also been a good excuse for me to get out and about even more than usual. As a result, I have been able to find out more about what is happening in my community. Exercise is an amazing way to keep in touch!

This is the time of year that our youngsters go back to school and is also an opportunity to think about different modes of transport. While this is a rural area and can limit how pupils travel, many more could walk or cycle. This is important in the drive to tackle obesity and encourage a healthy lifestyle that they will hopefully take into adulthood.

Often what can put people off exercising is the notion that physical activity must be organised in some way, or costly.

Following my recent experience, I can honestly say that this doesn’t have to be the case. Taking regular walks and cycle rides are both cheap and great ways of keeping fit.