Editor’s comment: Helping you keep active and healthy

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 September 2018

The Girls Allowed Gym in Hornchurch owned by Laila Jacobi.

The Girls Allowed Gym in Hornchurch owned by Laila Jacobi.


Nearly a third of people in Havering don’t manage 30 minutes of exercise a week, according to a national sport survey in April.

And obesity-related hospital admissions in Havering have soared over the past three years.

More patients are being admitted for knee and hip replacements due to their weight, as well as other obesity related conditions.

There were 2,279 admissions in 2016-17 where obesity was the main or secondary diagnosis.

That’s an increase of 972, or 74per cent, from 2013-14, when NHS Digital first started compiling the data for local authorities.

The NHS says moderate activity such as running, walking or cycling is vital for physical health, and recommends 150 minutes of exercise a week.

To help encourage us all to do more exercise, the Recorder is running a series of features to give you some ideas.

Not everyone wants to pound the streets in lycra.

This week Hayley Anderson met the women who run the Girls Allowed ladies-only gym in Hornchurch – ideal for those who feel intimidated at the thought of visiting a gym for the first time.

But exercise is not just about lifting weights or running on a treadmill.

At the beginning of August, we looked at the fun you can have playing Zorb football.

Doing activity as part of a group often makes it less of a chore.

Last week reporter April Roach rekindled her love of ice skating with a session at Sapphire Ice and Leisure in Romford.

Walking the dog, dancing, even a game of bowls will get you off the sofa and get your muscles and joints moving.

See our website for the Healthy Havering features we have already done and keep an eye on it for ideas in the future. Our reporters will be trying out a variety of activities so you can see if they appeal.

There will surely be something you find fun which will also be beneficial to your health.

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