World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


50 days to make the world a fitter place

50 days to make the world a fitter place

A WORLDWIDE drive to encourage people to commit to a prescription for better physical and mental health is being launched this spring.

The 5X50 Challenge, which is a Scottish charity, is kicking off its 50 Days To Fit campaign, which aims to get people of all ages in as many countries as possible to pledge themselves to 30 minutes of exercise every day for 50 consecutive days.

The 5x50 Challenge not only endeavours to change exercise habits for a lifetime but it has also set a target of raising £500,000 for charity.
This is the third year that the Challenge has set out to attract the attention of people – from school pupils to workers to stay-at-home mums and dads– to sign up and enjoy the lasting legacy of a commitment to improving fitness and well-being.

This year’s 50 Days To Fit starts on Sunday March 30 and runs until May 18.

Also, the 5x50 Challenge has been awarded Commonwealth Games Legacy status in recognition of its positive impact on the health, happiness and well-being of the people of Scotland and in recognition of its efforts in tackling the perception of the country as a nation of obesity and low-fitness.
The Challenge is already backed by the Chief Medical Officers for Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales and has the support of organisations and famous names who are committed to healthier lifestyles for everyone.
They include former 10,000-metre world champion and Olympic athlete Liz McColgan, renowned athlete and doctor Andrew Murray, Scottish Minister for Sport and the Commonwealth Games Shona Robison and TV presenter Jenni Falconer.

For individuals, regular physical activity helps to prevent and manage more than 20 chronic illnesses, including heart disease, obesity, strokes and mental health conditions. For companies, inactivity among employees can lead to an increase in costs in terms of sickness absence and inefficiency.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, who is a supporter, says: “I believe that if physical activity was a drug it would be classed as a wonder drug, which is why I would encourage everyone to get up and be active. The work that 5X50 do is extremely important and I am proud to say I support them.

“Being active and doing the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week for adults is not just good for your physical health but also your mental health.
5x50 started out in 2012 as a challenge to people from all walks of life to get fitter and healthier, physically and mentally, by taking part in a 5 kilometre run, jog or walk every day for 50 consecutive days, hence the name.

Since then, it has developed and broadened its appeal, and now 5x50 participants can sign up by committing themselves to 30 minutes of exercise every day for 50 days, which means those involved in a host of other activities (such as swimmers, canoeists and climbers) can take part.

Even if participants wish to brave bitter cold and take up ice swimming – as one primary school teacher in Moscow did – they can.
For most people, the easiest and most acceptable forms of physical activity are those incorporated into everyday life. Walking and cycling are perhaps the most obvious. Research demonstrates that habits are formed after 21 days, so with the challenge running over 50 days, this will make it much easier for participants to continue beyond the end of the challenge into a new way of life.

Since 2012, more than 9000 people from 43 countries have participated in three annual challenges and have raised more than £160,000 for a plethora of good causes.
One notable beneficiary is Sport Relief, which gives shelter to young people living on the streets and protection to those living with domestic abuse. Across the world, money helps children into education and provides communities with fresh water and life-saving vaccines.

The health benefits of being active have been known since the 1950s, when a study compared bus drivers with more physically active bus conductors and office-based telephonists with postmen and demonstrated lower rates of heart disease and smaller uniform sizes in the more active occupations.

The 1950s is where it started, and the 5x50 charity challenge is how we hope to continue changing the results of inactivity.

Those who have benefitted include:

• Eleven-year-old Ross De’Thick, of Elgin, Moray, who, from birth, suffered from various allergies, eczema and asthma and was prone to constant stomach cramps and aching bones. He could not cycle a bike up until the 5x50 challenge last year

• Sarah Mather, of Edinburgh, who credits the 2013 challenge with changing her life. Facing redundancy and more than five stones overweight, she is now a svelte size 14 and has forged a new career as a personal trainer and life coach.

5X50 co-founder Raymond Wallace says: “The Challenge started off as a personal challenge in 2012 – but the impact the challenge has had in such a short period is amazing.

“We love the feedback we receive about the changes it has made to so many lives. Although this will be our third Challenge, we fully believe we are just at the start of our journey and can see 5x50 continuing to grow globally and become the success it deserves to be.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Peace Deal ‘first Step’ In Resolving South Sudan Crisis

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine More>>

Yemen: Killing Or Maiming An Average Of Eight Children A Day

Killing or maiming an average of eight children a day, ‘brutal’ Yemen conflict must end – UNICEF More>>

Changing Habits/behaviours Key To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy can be caused by factors such as negative beliefs based on myths, misinformation. Fear of needles can be a factor for refusal. Photo: PAHO/WHO More>>

Burundi: Ban Condemns Assassination Of Senior Army Officer

Refugees from Burundi in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Naomi Frerotte United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Jean Bikomagu, who ... More>>

Deadly Industrial Explosions In Northern China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the injuries to scores of people as a result of deadly explosions in Tianjin, China. More>>

UN Urges Action To Tackle Deepening Refugee Crisis In Greece

A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey, near Skala Sykaminias, Greece. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell More>>

Probe Into Those Responsible For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The US Vessel Cape Ray, on which all 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas were removed from Syria and safely destroyed as the ship sailed in international waters in 2014. Photo: US Dept. of Transportation More>>

Myanmar Election: UNICEF Urges Prioritisation Of Children

With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner More>>

Liberia Thousands Of Unregistered Children Born During Ebola Crisis

Thousands of unregistered children born in Liberia during Ebola crisis at risk of exploitation – UNICEF More>>

UN Refugee Agency Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Myanmar

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt (left) in Myitkyina township, Kachin State, Myanmar, meeting with some of the 100,000 displaced people who currently live there. Photo: UNHCR/T.Stoddart More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news