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Dr Carl Ellson - Walking

28 August 2017

Over the past few days, you may well have seen in the media information about the launch of Public Health England’s ‘Active 10’ One You physical activity campaign.

The campaign aims to encourage adults to build more exercise into their life, with a daily brisk ten minute walk.

Research shows that people are less active nowadays; with many adults now spending more than seven hours a day sitting down and often people feel they’re too busy to get the recommended amount of exercise that they need.

Whether you’re walking to work, stepping out at lunchtime, walking to the shops or taking the dog out, there are a lot of ways to fit ten minutes brisk walking into your daily routine.

There are many ways to stay fit, like visiting the gym, cycling, swimming and running, but walking counts too and it’s a great form of exercise to get the heart pumping faster. It can also make people feel better and improve your mood.

Staying in good condition has a number of health benefits and it’s proven that regular exercise can help combat conditions such as heart disease, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and help to cut the chance of having a stroke.

Physical activity can also boost sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

If this sounds like something you’d like to get involved in, you can download the free ‘Active 10’ app to support you. The app gives more information about walking, the health benefits of physical activity, hints and tips to get people started and it also sets goals to keep you going.

More information can be found at http://po.st/Active10_Worcestershire.