You can speak to any doctor, nurse or health care worker in the NHS and they will all tell you the same thing – the NHS is struggling and something needs to be done.
Every doctor and nurse that I know works longer hours than they get paid for and deals with cutbacks and shortages on a daily basis. It is all too easy to blame austerity or immigration but the truth is, we have to take some accountability ourselves.
If we are going to save the NHS without the need for radical reform, then we need to start thinking differently and start helping ourselves. If we become more proactive towards our bodies, we can take the burden off our beloved NHS. People are living longer and because of this, long term chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia are on the rise, all of which are diseases that exercise can help prevent.
Diabetes now costs the NHS over £1 billion pounds a year. 90 percent of diabetes is type two which can usually be reversed through cutting back on sugar and exercising regularly. Cardiovascular disease costs the NHS billions a year and is largely preventable.
The fact is, people who exercise regularly reduce the risk of developing heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity, all of which are associated with developing dementia, which itself, again costs the NHS billions a year.
To me, the NHS is an institution that should be cherished, a security net to rely on when things really go bad. I would hate to see it disappear when our actions could have prevented it.
John Molyneux, MolyFit Founder