Get fit to boost economy

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I AM currently recovering from exhaustion, a dose of humiliation and a hell of a good time.

Thanks to a friend I spent the past weekend in the village of Hornachuelos running a small cross-country race.  I’m not a seasoned runner and only started training a week before the event, so needless to say, I didn’t come first, or second, or third, or … well, I’ll just admit that I gave up before the end,  after being passed by all the runners on my first lap of three.

Despite the rude awakening that I really need to train harder, it was great fun and it feels good to be exercising.

And also, according to a report from the Davos World Economic Forum taking place in Switzerland, “healthy people create economic wealth”.

According to Davos, sickness and disease are a drain on an economy, while fitness is the way to healthy, active and wealthy lives.

Huge behavioural and cultural change is needed for people to start looking after their health, and therefore lessen the burden on the economy.

The bottom line is that exercise makes many people feel good, it encourages people to stay healthy and it may give people the energy to go after the things they want in life.  So let’s not wait to be pushed into a healthy lifestyle, get your trainers on and help make the economy richer!

 

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