Walking has been in the press a lot this week with reports that a quarter of adults walk no more than one hour a week. Equivalent to about 9 minutes per day. Seriously!
The Ramblers commissioned a YouGov survey, which polled 2,000 adults across Britain about walking habits, and also found that another 43% walk for less than two hours a week.
Launching Get Walking Week (4-11 May) the group said the results showed a ‘pandemic of inactivity’ and is launching a campaign to get 100,000 more people going for regular daily strolls.
GET MOVING – THE GUIDELINES
Government guidelines suggest people should do 150 minutes of “moderate” physical activity each week and research shows – two thirds of people in the UK aren’t doing enough.
The British Heart Foundation supports this, recommending around 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week.
Public health minister Anna Soubry, said walking was “one of the best ways to keep healthy”, and that she supported the Ramblers initiative.
Walking is easy, cheap and you can do it anytime and anywhere – it can be so easily incorporated into your daily routine.
There is long-standing evidence to support a link between walking and mental health benefits, according to Dr Stuart Biddle, professor of physical activity and health at Loughborough University.
There is even the suggestion that our life expectancy will begin to fall through lack of exercise.
GP William Bird, who specialises in the benefits of exercise, said in an interview with the Metro Newspaper: ‘We’re going to find this generation will die earlier than their parents if they don’t start doing basic movement.’
‘We all age quicker when we’re not moving and the consequences of that are age-related diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.’
Walking is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.
Ways to walk more:
– Get off the bus one stop earlier
– Get off the train one stop earlier
– Go for a walk in your lunchbreak
– Take the family for a walk to the park
– Join on of the Ramblers Walks in your area here
– Walk the kids to school
– Walk to the shop to get the paper
Whatever you do – walk more!