It’s just over 100 days to go before the Tour of Britain comes to Cheshire East – a great reason for everyone to get in the best shape they can for Tuesday, 6 September.
Cheshire East Council supports Public Health England’s ground-breaking ‘One You’ campaign encouraging all residents to make a few small lifestyle changes to enjoy this great event on its arrival 100 days from this Saturday.
So, as these tremendous athletes get ready for a challenging cycle route, why not see what new habits you can put in place to make a difference to your life. It doesn’t have to be much – just enough for you to get more out of life and enjoy your summer.
Eat well: start with a healthy breakfast and ensure you have at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
Move more: being active is really good for your body, mind and health – and there are lots of easy ways you and your family can get moving. This could simply be a walk around the block or taking the stairs instead of using the lift. Every little effort you make will help.
Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for communities and health, said: “Everyone in the Borough should be rightly proud that the Tour of Britain is coming to Cheshire East but we don’t want it to end there.
“Knowing that there will be hundreds of dedicated professional cyclists coming through our towns and villages needs to be a starting point rather than the end of the journey. So get out there, do your bit and enjoy a fabulous summer!”
In order to keep healthy, it’s also important to take a moment to check your health and get advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.
Dr Heather Grimbaldeston, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East, said: “In our increasingly busy lives, it is sometimes difficult to find time to think about our overall health, especially when it doesn’t always appear that there might be a specific reason to do so.
“We realise that this is the case and so we are doing more to signpost people towards information and resources that could be very beneficial to them.”
For example, if you’re aged 40-74, and don’t have a pre-existing health condition you’ll be invited every five years for an NHS health check - your free midlife MOT. This can spot the early signs of health conditions, such as high blood pressure.
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Why not go for a bike ride by arranging some fun Tour of Britain-themed activities with friends? Then on the day, make plans to spectate on the route and soak up the atmosphere?
Even small changes can improve how you feel. So, why not start today to see how you can make time in the lead up to the Tour of Britain, on the day and beyond?