It has been revealed that almost eight out of ten people living in Powys want to improve their health and wellbeing.
A survey has found that the biggest priority for people in Powys in 2022 is to improve their health and wellbeing (78 per cent). This was closely followed by being happy (54 per cent) and being more active (46 per cent).
The findings have been revealed as part of the Welsh Government’s Help Us Help You survey which aims to encourage us to make simple and easy-to-achieve lifestyle choices to improve our health and wellbeing, including being active and eating well.
The survey also uncovered that only 27 per cent of people surveyed in Powys exercise regularly. However, 93 percent said they thought they would feel happier if they exercised and moved around more.
More than half of people (54 percent) said they live a sedentary lifestyle, spending most of their day sitting down.
Paralympic gold medallist Jim Roberts from Welshpool has thrown his weight behind the campaign. The wheelchair rugby legend said:
“It doesn’t matter what you choose to do to be active or move more, but you want to try to raise your heart rate and get a little bit breathless. Keeping active by doing something you enjoy – whether that’s a sport like wheelchair rugby, yoga, gardening or long walks - is the best way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing and have fun.”
A spokesperson from Powys Teaching Health Board said: “Regular exercise has proven health benefits for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, improve their fitness level, and support their mental well-being. Exercise produces endorphins which make you feel good and can help to improve your mental wellbeing.”
The campaign is also being supported by a host of celebrities who want to encourage people across the country to nurture the link between their physical health and mental wellbeing. Stars include Powys’ own Iolo Williams. The television presenter from Llanwyddyn has partnered with Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales to create a family resource that parents can use to get the whole family active outdoors while having fun in their local woodland or park.
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Meanwhile, Derek Brockway and Wales’ rugby stars will be encouraging people to get outdoors and be active – whether that’s going for a walk, jog, swim or any other outdoor activity they enjoy.
Delving deeper into wellbeing, the survey also uncovered what brings happiness to people in Powys. The top things included:
• Spending time with my partner (70 percent)
• Taking a walk in nature (65 percent)
• Spending time in the sunshine (62 percent)
• Spending time with my family (54 percent)
• Watching a film with my family (51 percent)
If you lead a healthier lifestyle, you are more likely to live longer and less likely to develop serious illnesses and health conditions.??
If you want advice on how to take the first steps in your journey to a healthier lifestyle, search NHS 111 Wales for tips and information to help you get started.