This edition of Health Matters focuses on the benefit of physical activity for the prevention and management of long-term conditions in adults.
The government’s prevention green paper highlights that becoming more active is good for our mental and physical health, and reduces our risk of developing a number of health conditions. It also sets out the ambition of getting everybody active in the 2020s, including those of us who are already living with a health condition.
One in 3 adults in England live with a long-term health condition and they are twice as likely to be amongst the least physically active. However, evidence shows that regular physical activity can help prevent or manage many common conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. It also helps keep symptoms under control, prevent additional conditions from developing, and reduce inequalities.