We are the most overweight in Western Europe

You know when a news piece just catches your eye. It’s happened twice the past few weeks.

Firstly, according to analysis by students in the University of Southampton three cups of coffee a day can have some health benefits.

(We all know how much Sensei Kev loves his coffee!)

The second article to catch my eye said this…

“Britain is the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than any other developed nation.

Obesity rates have doubled over the past two decades, and 63% of UK adults are overweight, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).”

If my maths serve me well that means we have around 33.5 million adults who are at least overweight, if not worse.

Thirty Three Million….


That’s a huge number of people.

The article moves on to say “The OECD recognised campaigns to fight obesity, such as the decision by hospitals in England to ban ‘super-size’ chocolate bars from hospital outlets, and the impending government sugar tax, but said “more could be done”.”

Now I don’t know about you but I don’t personally see how banning ‘super-size’ chocolate in hospitals will really make a a huge difference. But, they are right… more can be done to help people live a healthier lifestyle.

It’s very common knowledge that exercise contributes to a healthy lifestyle, in fact the NHS recommends adults take part in 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week alongside a strength training program to stay healthy, or improve your health.

This is where Aikido could help.

The benefits of practising Aikido include…

> increased balance,
> increased coordination,
> increased reaction speed
> improved posture,
> improved flexibility
> improved aerobic conditioning
> a greater awareness of our bodies
> and much more.

And, of course, two sessions with Keihatsu Aikido in Milton Keynes each week would give you a good 180 minutes of exercise putting you above the NHS’s recommendation.

Why not come and give a class a try? Your first session is free so there is nothing to lose, only a potentially healthier lifestyle to gain!

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See you on the mat.

PS. if you want to read the original news article you’ll find it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41953530?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c40rjmqdl3jt/obesity&link_location=live-reporting-story