I’m not the biggest football fan, but even I have been swept up into the World Cup madness sweeping the nation. After the recent win by England at the Quarter Final, you cannot avoid football even if you tried. There’s something exciting about sharing a positive national identity, and even though the critic in me is waiting for typical football hooliganism to raise it’s ugly head, for now I’m just enjoying the happiness this is bringing to friends and family.
But why am I writing about the world cup on a health and wellbeing blog? Of course, football is some form of exercise, and my hope is that with the nation’s eyes on the game, exercise will be on the rise! Much like the Olympics, massive sporting events like this are key to highlighting the importance of sport and exercise, not only for personal enjoyment, but also when it comes to our health and wellbeing.
Thanks to a massive heat wave at the moment, and the surprisingly good results from the England team, it is great to see more people taking advantage of local green spaces to play a game or two. As an aspiring health professional, I hope the momentum of England’s wins will translate to positive health behaviour across the country!