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Report published today is yet another reason for everyone to get walking!
Published: 18th July 2012
Today’s report published in the Lancet, which estimates that about two thirds of adults in the UK are not doing enough physical activity, further strengthens the case for Walking for Health.
A report published today in the Lancet has equated the number of deaths from lack of physical activity to those from smoking, claiming that the problem is now so bad that it should be treated as a global pandemic.
Since 2000, Walking for Health has been promoting the benefits of walking as the easiest way of getting people active across the country. This report further strengthens the case for our 650 schemes that run regular, short, led walks throughout England, which enables people to increase and maintain their activity levels and enjoy getting out and about in their local area.
We’re pleased to see that the report – in line with the findings of the UK Chief Medical Officers – recommends that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, such as brisk walking. Walking is easy, free and accessible to nearly everyone, no matter what their physical abilities or health. It’s also an easy activity to start slowly and build up gradually, and is flexible enough to fit into today’s busy lifestyles.
Our schemes’ walks are already delivering the benefit of regular walking to over 75,000 participants around the country, but we want to continue to encourage those who do no, or very little, exercise to join our walks. Walking in a group provides not only the physical benefits of walking, but also offers the opportunity for social contact and support in getting active.
The report published today adds to the increasing body of evidence that demonstrates the vital importance of physical activity and the need for more opportunities and support for those who are inactive to take up regular exercise. We hope it will encourage further support and promotion of walking and Walking for Health, and that it will inspire people across the country to get walking!