Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health, BBC report.Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age of 40. They are urging those between the ages of 40 and 60 to start doing regular brisk walks. Just 10 minutes a day could have a major impact, reducing the risk of early death by 15%, they say. But PHE estimates four out of every 10 40- to 60-year-olds do not even manage a brisk 10-minute walk each month.
Inactivity in middle age
Adults in England 40-60 years old
41%Do not manage one brisk 10 min walk per month
1 in 6Deaths linked to inactivity
- 15% Reduction in risk of early death from at least one brisk 10 min walk per day
- 20% Less active than we were in the 1960s
- 15 miles Less walked a year on average than two decades ago