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Health: Fact vs Fiction - Jog on

Episode 10 of ‘Health Fact vs Fiction’ sees Anna promoting the benefits of running to us all with Dr John Rogers, Medical Director at HCA Healthcare UK’s Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP), and Good Morning Britain and Countryfile’s Sean Fletcher, who also happens to be an avid marathon runner.

 

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Episode 10 - Jog on

Dusting off the lycra (not essential) and upping our exercise levels has become more popular than ever of late, and it’s no wonder as in amongst our busy lives it’s been proven that an active lifestyle does wonders for our overall health – from helping to reduce the risk of dementia to improving our general sleep patterns. 


As both John and Sean emphasise to Anna, the beauty of running in many ways lay in its simplicity, as whether light jogging or undertaking a fully-fledged London Marathon training plan, with just a little drive and a pair of trainers we can greatly improve both our physical and mental health. 


“Healthy body, healthy mind” as the old adage tells us - maybe it’s time for us all to get our jog on!

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Things we learn in this episode

Do you dream of getting off the couch and into your running shoes?

With marathon season upon us, Anna Richardson gets some ‘runspiration’ and tips on how to stay fit and active from Dr John Rogers, Medical Director at HCA Healthcare UK’s Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) and TV presenter, Sean Fletcher.

Running Benefits Fact

Exercise can reduce the risk of dementia. John explains how exercise is not only healthy for our bodies but also for our minds, with regular exercise reducing our risk of developing neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.

Exercise Fiction

You have to swim, run or cycle to get fit. There are many ways to get fitter and healthier and they don’t have to mean getting sweaty. John tells Anna how simply getting off the bus a couple stops earlier or even standing on one leg while you brush your teeth, can make a huge difference to your health.

Mental Health Fact

Going for a run can affect your mental health John says exercise improves our sleep patterns, releases endorphins and can reduce anxiety - making exercise great for our bodies and minds.

Fitness Plan Fiction

High-intensity exercise is the only way to get fitter. John discusses the different ways of improving your fitness levels, and how starting slowly can help you get into a new sport and improve. 

Injury prevention Fact

All you need for a run is a pair of trainers. Although John and Sean talk about the importance of stretching (including Sean’s favourite, the pigeon stretch), preparation and making sure you have a good, well fitting pair of running shoes too. 

What to do next

Dr John Rogers

Dr John Rogers

Dr John Rogers is the Medical Director and Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine at The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP).

Dr Rogers performs a dual role at The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP); Medical Director and Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine. He also has an NHS practice at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and is Visiting Professor in Sport & Exercise Medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University.  He has previously worked with British Athletics endurance runners from 800m to Marathon, specifically supporting runners including Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe through the London 2012 cycle.  
 
John is passionate about helping people of all ages and abilities to achieve their sporting, exercise and physical activity goals. His work involves treating people with musculoskeletal injuries and medical problems related to sport, exercise and physical activity.
 
His previous positions include; Institute Medical Officer to British Athletics, Consultant SEM Physician to Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court. CMO for Team GB at Youth Olympic Games, Team Doctor for British Paralympic Athletics Team, Sports Physician at ORRECO and GP Partner at Brooklands Medical Practice.  Until recently John worked as Chief Medical Officer to British Triathlon.
 
He has had a love for sport and exercise since childhood, competing for Sale Harriers Manchester as a middle-distance runner and winning Northern Ireland senior titles at 800 and 1500m during this time. He has two young children and enjoys running, cycling and mountain climbing.

Sean Fletcher Graphic

Sean Fletcher

Sean Fletcher is a journalist and radio broadcast personality, currently working with ITV and BBC. Sean is best known for his work as the sports presenter on Good Morning Britain and as a reporter on Countryfile. 


He is passionate about running, having taken part in several London Marathons as well as running regularly with his wife and dog.  He is a huge advocate for not only the physical health benefits of running but the benefits to mental health too

MIHP

Manchester Institute of Health & Performance

The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance has brought together leading clinicians and practitioners in the field of sports science and medicine.


This pioneering facility provides an environment that supports the professional development of experienced and up-and-coming athletes, whilst a dedicated educational facility promotes the health benefits of physical activity and fitness in the everyday lives of the community.


Based within the heart of the East Manchester community, the team at the facility will work to advance sports medicine and science that will not only explore how research can improve the health of the community but in turn contribute to economic prosperity.

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