I can do more to help myself...

I can do more to help myself and it’s not just because it's the right thing to do for my health but because I might actually enjoy it.

I'm at that stage in my life where I’m a little over 50, a little overweight, a little less fit than I used to be.

Well, in the case of the last two, perhaps a lot.

And then a good friend introduced me to parkruns.

“You'll enjoy it” he said “you go at your own pace, it's not a race and everyone is so supportive they just want you encourage you to get round.”

And he was right - I haven't quite got the addiction yet but it is hugely enjoyable, I've met some lovely people and I'm feeling a lot better for it.

I have more energy. I'm sleeping better. And my outlook and mood is much more positive

So, why am I taking up your time recounting this to you?

Well I keep coming back to the same thought.

As another good friend and colleague would say “Sell the emotion not the benefit.”

At a time when the NHS has to find ways to deliver services within ever tighter financial constraints, there are so many ways in which people can do more to help themselves and those around them.

But just like me, many people aren't motivated enough by the practical or functional benefits.

I know if I lose a stone or two, I won't be putting so much strain on my heart. If I lose a few inches from my waist I won't get the back-ache I get from time to time and I may minimise the risk of developing type two diabetes.

But that's not enough for me to do something.

However, show me how I might actually enjoy doing something healthy, make it easy for me to participate and get to and you never know I might actually change my behaviour.

I'm not going to be troubling Mo Farah any time soon but I set a new Personal Best today a modest 38.5 minutes for 5k.

I'm feeling rather pleased with myself.

<p>At a time when the NHS has to find ways to deliver services within ever tighter financial constraints, there are so many ways in which people can do more to help themselves and those around them.</p>