Six million Brits facing health time bomb as they fail to walk even 10 minutes a MONTH

Public Health England got the results from an official survey but experts say walking briskly for 10 minutes a day can help prevent cancer, heart disease and poor mental health

[ original article from The Mirror ]

More than six million middle-aged Brits are facing a shocking health time-bomb as they fail to manage a single brisk 10 minute walk in a month.

The frightening statistic came from an official survey from Public Health England.

They say walking briskly for 10 minutes a day can help prevent cancer, heart disease and poor mental health.

But PHE's survey shows 41% of adults aged 40-60 in England - 6.3m people - walk less than ten minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace.

Health leaders are encouraging people to walk to the shop instead of drive and start walking on lunch breaks to add "many healthy years" to their lives.

Dr Jenny Harries, deputy medical director at PHE, said: "I know first hand that juggling the priorities of everyday life often means exercise takes a back seat.

Walking to the shops instead of driving or going for a brisk 10-minute walk on your lunch break each day can add many healthy years to your life."

PHE said 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.

Physical inactivity among adults contributes to one in six deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9bn a year.

Many fitness apps encourage people to aim for 10,000 steps a day but doctors have recognised that many cannot fit this into their schedules and are now urging people to walk themselves back to health with a 10-minute stroll every day.

PHE is launching a new One You physical activity campaign to encourage people to do brisk 10 minute walks with their Active 10 app.

Professor Sir Muir Gray, Clinical Adviser for the Active 10 app and the One You campaign, said: "By walking just 10 continuous minutes at a brisk pace every day, an individual can reduce their risk of early death by 15%.

"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"

The new PHE report said a quarter of the English population is "inactive" - doing less than 30 minutes of activity per week.

"For some of these individuals 150 minutes may seem an unrealistic aim," according to the PHE report.

PHE's findings also show people in the UK are 20% less active now than they were in the 60s and on average walk 15 miles less a year than two decades ago.

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Benefits of walking

  • The minimum recommended amount of exercise is ten minutes walking at brisk intensity every day.
  • This benefits inactive adults the most as it gets the heart pumping in order to improve health.
  • Research shows that anyone completing that would be 15% less likely to have an early death.
  • They would be 40% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, 35 percent to suffer heart problems and dementia by 30%t.

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