Small steps result in big strides

My last blog ended on a woeful note.  Two-thirds of South African women are overweight or obese; one quarter of the adult population is eating far too much sugar; one in two women, and one in three men, under 40, failed a fitness test in which they had to run up and down a step.

Perhaps the HSRC and Medical Research Council survey in 2012 accurately summed up the state of South African health, entitling the study: “Sick, Fat, Sad”.  The results were not all doom and gloom, though, with smoking and alcohol abuse in households on the decline.

What does this tell us? 

That being sick, fat and sad are factors within our control.  Each day we can make three empowering choices that impact our risk of the four killer diseases; these choices are:

  • whether to smoke or not
  • what and how much to eat
  • how much we exercise

Is this not good news?  You can radically change your quality and length of life through everyday choices – and ones not too difficult to make.  Small steps can create big strides.

My next blog will offer you three simple ways to assess your physical fitness.

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