Get back on your feet! UK studies tell why
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Walking can transform a person’s health. Charity groups Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Walking Works’ report said that apart from heart problems, walking can positively affect people who suffer from type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
According to the report, if everyone in Britain walked a total of 150 minutes every week, then:
- 37,000 lives will be saved each year
- 6,700 cases of breast cancer will be prevented
- 4,700 people will not get colorectal cancer
- 300,000 people will not develop type 2 diabetes
Chief executive Benedict Southworth of Ramblers said ‘We’re facing a serious crisis of inactivity, but there is a simple solution.
‘We need to see greater investment in initiatives which support and promote walking as the most accessible and affordable way for people to get active.’
Chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support Ciarán Devane added ‘For cancer patients, being active can help manage … the consequences of treatment and can even help reduce the chance of some cancers returning.
‘Inactivity is a nationwide epidemic that must be tackled now before it is too late.’
Ramblers and Macmillan both run the Walking for Health programme which attempts to get more people back on their feet.
Public Health England director Kevin Fenton agreed with the charity groups, saying ‘Inactivity increases the risk of serious illnesses like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
‘It makes it more likely that people will be overweight or obese. Supporting people to get active through walking can be a major part of the solution.’