Monday, 13th September 2021
We all know that moving more is key to keeping our physical health in check, but did you know that it can help other health issues too and not just improve our physical well-being?
Research from the European Society of Cardiology highlighted that increased activity can reduce the risk of heart disease and mortality for people living with elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Over 88,000 people (with an average age of 55 years old) took part in the research study and it was found that 21% had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or diabetes. The study revealed that participants who exercised more and experienced moderate to large improvement in physical activity were approximately 30% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease, compared to those who didn’t improve their levels of activity.
Dr Nick Cavill, a health-promotion consultant, said, “As people get older and their bodies decline in function, physical activity helps to slow that decline. It’s important they remain active or even increase their activity as they get older.”
Although it can be hard to get into exercising if you’re used to a fairly sedentary lifestyle, we’ve got the facilities and the right people to help ease you into a new way of life.
We know that the gym environment isn’t for everyone, which is why we have the Feelgood Factory (based at Pendle Leisure Centre in Colne). It has a range of power-assisted Shapemaster machines designed for use by anyone, regardless of age, mobility or fitness level – and perfect for people recovering from illness or with limited mobility.
During a pre-defined, 30-minute circuit that exercises all the major muscle groups, each machine targets specific parts of the body with pilates-style movements. Staffed by professional fitness experts, the Feelgood Factory is an inspirational place filled with sociable chat and laughter.
We believe that improving our health - and keeping active as we age - is an investment. And these impressive figures from Shapemaster just go to show how worthwhile it is…
If you’d like to join our Feelgood Factory, or know someone who would benefit, you can find more information about our membership options here.
Want to try before you buy? Book in for a free trail, simply give our lovely Feelgood team a call on 01282 661165