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a park walk imageJune 7 2018

Public Health England is encouraging adults to focus on walking briskly rather than just counting steps to improve their health.

Relaunching the Active 10 public health campaign, PHE has modified the guidance to focus on intensity, rather than distance or number of steps under the old advice of taking 10,000 steps daily.

“Moderate intensity physical activity means getting the heart rate up and breathing faster. Just 10 minutes of brisk walking a day is an easy way for adults to introduce more moderate intensity physical activity into their day and reduce their risk of early death by up to 15%,” said PHE.

A new ‘Active 10’ app has also been created which combines intensity and time, rather than just distance.

PHE has also published findings from a survey looking at people’s perceptions of physical activity, suggesting that people are put off as they think more exercise time is needed than recommended. It 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%);
  • 50% of adults think more than 240 minutes of exercise per week is required to see general health benefits, rather than the recommended guidance of at least 150 minutes;
  • 15% think that more than 420 minutes per week is required (an hour per day);
  • 87% say they walk more than 10 minutes per day, however, this drops to 54% who say they walk briskly for this amount of time.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP Chair, said: “While GPs and our teams will always encourage patients to make lifestyle changes that could potentially benefit their long-term health and wellbeing, the responsibility cannot solely lie with healthcare professionals, and patients must also play their part. 

“The RCGP is really pleased to have endorsed the Active 10 app, which empowers patients to make basic lifestyle changes around diet and exercise, such as taking a brisk walk for 10 minutes a day and suggests ways for patients to easily incorporate these into their lives.”

Links:
PHE announcement      
PHE ‘Brisk walking and physical inactivity in 40 to 60 year olds’ 

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