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Thousands of lives could be saved just by walking

Published on 07/10/2013

Tens of thousands of lives could be prevented every year in the UK if people starting walking more often, say charities.

Walking has many physical and mental health benefits

A report from the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support reiterate that walking is a free and fun way to enhance people’s health and increase life expectancy.

The ’Walking Works’ report emphasises the importance of regular physical activity focussing on the health benefits of walking.

Physical activity, such as walking, can reduce the risk of heart problems and stroke as well as having a positive effect on tackling other conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and a number of cancers.

Last week a study suggested that walking for at least an hour a day reduced the risk of developing breast cancer significantly. The report suggest that if everyone in England underwent at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week it could save 37,000 lives a year.

Government guidelines suggest adults should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week such as walking, cycling, swimming and gardening.

The two charities collaborate together on the Walking for Health programme in a bid to get more people off their feet and walking about.

Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers, said: "We're facing a serious crisis of inactivity, but there is a simple solution.

"We need to see greater investment in initiatives which support and promote walking as the most accessible and affordable way for people to get active."

Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "For cancer patients, being active can help manage some of the debilitating consequences of treatment and can even help reduce the chance of some cancers returning.

"Inactivity is a nationwide epidemic that must be tackled now before it is too late."

You can reduce your health insurance premiums by exercising on a regular basis and leading a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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