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Quarter of adults walk less than an hour a week

Published on 08/05/2013

A recent poll suggests 25% of British adults do no more than one hour’s walking a week, despite 93% agreeing that walking is a good form of exercise.

Walking is one of the cheapest ways to exercise

The poll was carried out for the walking charity the Ramblers and has been conducted in conjunction with the “Get Walking Week” from 4-11 May.

The survey, commissioned by YouGov, studied 2,000 adults across the UK and their walking habits to find only 25% walked an hour a week and 43% walked two hours a week.

The West Midlands were the least active with up to 34% of adults walking for no longer than an hour but 59% of their neighbours in the East Midlands were doing the recommended amount of physical activities, the highest percentage in the UK.

The British Heart Foundation recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week and many of people surveyed (93%) thought that walking was a good form of exercise.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director for the BHF, said: "Walking is the easiest and cheapest way to keep fit. You can walk anytime, anywhere and you don't need any equipment."

A recent research in April 2013 found that walking protects your heart as effectively as going for a run and introducing more walking into your weekly routine can improve your health.

The survey by the Ramblers asked the people how much walking they did on a daily basis and took into account routine walks such as trips to the shops, work or school.

Previous studies have indicated that up to 65% of British adults are not doing enough exercise on a weekly basis.

Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers, said: "Walking is one of the most accessible and achievable ways to truly conquer this inactivity pandemic in Britain and we need to get started now."

Walking is also believed to have significant qualities in dealing with mental health problems such as depression and boosting self-esteem.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by meeting the recommended level of physical activity is one way you could save money on your health insurance premiums.

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