Study reveals many Brits walk less than nine minutes a day

7 May 2013

The latest healthcare research shows that a ‘pandemic of inactivity’ is plaguing the nation, with up to a quarter of Britons walking less than nine minutes per day. This is in sharp contrast to recommended exercise guidelines, which encourage adults to dedicate two and a half hours per week, or 20 to 25 minutes per day, to moderate exercise.

The study, conducted by the Ramblers to launch Get Walking Week, analysed the walking habits of 2,000 adults. Although 93 per cent agreed that walking was a good form of exercise, only 43 per cent got the recommended level. The remainder fell well below the suggested daily minimum of 20 minutes, with 25 per cent failing to walk even ten minutes in a day. That includes walking to the office and throughout the work commute, lunchtime jaunts and on shopping trips.

The Get Walking Week campaign is aiming to incorporate daily strolls into the lives of at least 100,000 more Britons, effectively increasing the average amount of exercise adults get. “We want people all over Britain to join the walking revolution and take their first steps towards a healthier and happier lifestyle”, chief executive Benedict Southworth said. “Walking is one of the most accessible and achievable ways to conquer this inactivity pandemic in Britain, and we need to get started now.”

Obesity is holding many Brits back. If your weight is interfering with your ability to exercise, consider gastric bypass surgery to get it down to a manageable level, so you can get active again.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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