Middle-aged people told to walk faster amid 'laziness' health crisis in UK

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Middle-aged people have been urged to walk faster amid fears a “laziness crisis” is sweeping the UK.

Six millions adults to not even manage a brisk 10 minute walk each month, shocking new figures showed.

Experts at Public Health England said that people start doing less exercise from the age of 40.

Just 59 per cent of people aged between 40 and 60 manage to walk 10 minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace, officials added.

Health leaders encouraged people to walk to the shop instead of drive and take up walking on lunch breaks to avoid premature death.

Aiming to do a brisk walk – of at least 3mph – for 10 minutes each day is likely to be seen as “achievable” by people who are chronically inactive, PHE said.

Guidance issued by the UK’s four chief medical officers in 2011 instructed the British population on how much exercise they should be participating in each week – they stated that adults should be taking part in at least two and a half hours (150 minutes) of moderate intensity activity every week. 

In a bid to tackle the laziness crisis the Government have launched a new app – Active 10 – which helps adults introduce daily walking into their routine.

Professor Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser for the Active 10 app, said: “We all know physical activity is good for your health, but for the first time we’re seeing the effects that easily achievable changes can make.

“By walking just 10 continuous minutes at a brisk pace every day, an individual can reduce their risk of early death by 15 per cent.

“They can also prevent or delay the onset of disability and further reduce their risk of serious health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia and some cancers.”

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