Despite your best intentions, it can be tricky to fit in as much exercise as you would like. Everyone has that friend or family member who can squeeze in a run before work, mid-week swim and an exercise class or two.
For many of us it can be hard to break out of our hectic routine and set aside the 2.5 hours a week recommended by the NHS for moderate aerobic activity. But have you considered walking for health?
According to Public Health England (PHE) we are 20 per cent less active that we were in the 1960s and, on average, we walk 15 miles less a year than two decades ago.
And with one in six deaths linked to inactivity, officials at PHE are urging people aged 40 to 60 to start doing regular brisk walks. Doing just 10 minutes a day could cut the risk of an early death by 15 per cent!
PHE estimates that four out of every ten 40 to 60-year-olds take a brisk 10-minute walk less frequently than once a month. Surely everyone can find 10 minutes in their day to speed up, and with a 15 per cent reduction in the chance of an early death, it would be silly not to even try.
Dr Jenny Harries, PHE deputy medical director said: ” I know first hand that juggling priorities of everyday life often means exercise takes a back seat. But walking to the shops instead of driving, or going for a brisk 10-minute walk on your lunch break each day, can add many healthy years to your life.”
To help promote this initiative, PHE are promoting a free app called Active 10. It monitors the amount of brisk walking you do and gives you tips on how to add more into your daily routine.
You could join a local walking club, start your own with your friends or use it as some quality family time to get everyone active. The most important thing is that you just get started.