It seems that although we know how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, for one in seven of us, it’s just not our responsibility!
A recent poll has revealed that one in seven people feel they have little or no responsibility for their own health and well-being, with more than a quarter claiming that food and drinks companies are to blame.
YouGov asked 2000 people who was responsible for their health and well-being. 39% felt their GP was responsible, 19% said the Government and 28% answered that it was down to the food and drinks companies we buy from.
A surprising 14% said they took little or no responsibility for their own health and well-being.
When asked about their diet and lifestyle, the majority knew the importance of getting at least five portions of fruit and veg each day. However less than 30% actually did so.
Whilst it’s easy to argue that the food companies should be responsible for providing us with nutritious, healthy options, it’s up to us what we choose to put into our bodies. It’s also important to remember that the rise in obesity and obesity-related illnesses isn’t down to diet alone. Over-eating, lack of exercise and a reliance on using our cars to get around are also contributing factors in the battle of the bulge. Obesity in turn can lead to a number of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and osteoarthritis. So the impact obesity has one our future health is certainly something to be taken seriously.
So, what needs to be done to change this perception that our own health is not our responsibility?
As a Personal Trainer, your role is to educate individuals on not just how they can lead a healthier lifestyle, but why. Without the why, the motivation to achieve fitness goals, and maintain that meticulously tailored fitness programme go out of the window (along with their responsibility!)
Our Personal Training Diploma is the first step on the ladder to becoming a fully fledged fitness professional, armed with the knowledge and motivation required to get the nation into shape. Whether you plan to motivate folk to move more, provide tailored nutrition plans for weight management, or work towards a specialist qualification to train kids and older adults, you’ll be equipped to do your bit when it comes to educating those who need a steer in the right direction.
From giving guidance on preparing simple, healthy meals and portion control to explaining what the body needs to prevent the onset of illnesses, you’ll empower individuals to take their own health into their hands for a healthier future.
If you’re ready to make your mark as a Personal Trainer, speak to the Focus Training team to find a course venue near you.
We’ll also be backing National Fitness Day 2015 to do our bit to get the nation up off the sofa, and on the road to a healthier lifestyle. Let us know how you’ll be spending your fitness day!