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Walking can extend life expectancy

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Physical activity – a life saver?

It is reported that a 20 minute walk each day can reduce the risk of premature death. A study of more than 300,000 people across Europe (with an average age of 50) has established that exercise is more important than combating obesity to improve life longevity. Cause of death in 9.2 million men and women established that physical inactivity was nearly twice as high as obesity.

Building on previous research that links physical inactivity to heart disease and cancer prevalence Cambridge University’s publication in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the acknowledges that whilst a one off brisk 20 minute walk does not make a significant contribution to the recommended 150 minutes per week activity level, it is nevertheless a key starting point. 

June Davison, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "The research suggests that just a modest increase in physical activity can have health benefits”.
"Adults should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week, carrying it out in sessions of 10 minutes or more.
"Whether it’s going for a walk, taking a bike ride or using the stairs instead of the lift, keeping active every day will help reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease.”

Where then does the promotion of physical activity sit in the Public Health Outcomes Framework? You could spend 20 or more minutes looking for it!

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