Research from Public Health England (PEH) found over 740,000 middle-aged adults in the region do not achieve this over the course of a month - and are missing out on health benefits. A 10 minute brisk walk each day gets the heart pumping faster, makes you more energetic and improves your mood – and can help prevent cancer, heart disease and poor mental health. According to PHE, people in the UK are 20% less active now than they were in the 1960s and on average walk 15 miles less a year than two decades ago. But the sedentary nature of modern, busy lives makes it difficult for many to find the time for enough exercise to benefit their health.
To particularly help those who have an inactive or low activity lifestyle and may find building in activity into their day challenging, PHE’s new One You physical activity campaign is encouraging adults to build 10 minutes continuous brisk walking into their day as a simple way to improve their health. The free ‘Active 10’ app is available to download and shows how much brisk walking a person is doing each day and tips on how to incorporate more of it into their lifestyles.
For more information to help you on your way, visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10