Focus on brisk walking, not just 10,000 steps, say health experts
With an estimated three million middle-aged adults physically inactive across the country, Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) are encouraging adults to incorporate brisk walking into their days as a way to improve their general health and wellbeing.
Health experts are encouraging people to increase the intensity of their walking, rather than just focus on the distance or number or steps.
A new survey by PHE looking at people’s perceptions of physical activity found that:
- Many adults struggle to fit in exercise, not having enough time (31%) was the main reason cited, followed by not feeling motivated (27%) and being too tired (25%)
- Half of these adults (50%) think more than 240 minutes of exercise per week is required to see general health benefits, nearly double the recommended guidance of at least 150 minutes – and 1 in 7 (15%) think that more than 420 minutes per week is required (an hour per day)
- Nearly 9 in 10 (87%) say they walk more than 10 minutes per day, however, this drops to just over half (54%) who say they walk briskly for this amount of time.