Ten minutes of brisk walking a day could improve your health
Hollie Farley, East Sussex County Council
24 August 2017
According to Public Health England, 4 in 10 adults are missing out on important health benefits by not walking briskly for 10 minutes per day.
Walking briskly for ten minutes per day can bring significant health benefits but 41% of adults aged 40-60 are failing to do so.
The One You physical activity campaign is encouraging adults to build 10 minutes continuous brisk walking into their day as a simple way to improve their health. This is particularly aimed at those who have an inactive or low activity lifestyle and who may find incorporating activity into their day challenging. The ‘Active 10’ app has been developed to show how much brisk walking a person is doing each day and how to incorporate more of it into their lifestyles.
Public Health England say taking at least 1 brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to reduce the risk of early death by 15%. and can lead to health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (by 40%), cardiovascular disease (by 35%), dementia (by 30%) and some cancers (by 20%).