The benefits of walking have been reported across the UK media. The BBC reports that “walking more ‘would save thousands’ of lives in the UK”.
These stories have been prompted by the “Walking Works” report. It provides an overview of current evidence on physical inactivity, and makes the case for encouraging more people to take up walking as a form of physical activity.
It lays out that a large proportion of the population is not meeting physical activity guidelines and that if more people did so, this could potentially save 37,000 lives a year in England. It also discusses the specific benefits of walking – such as the fact that it is free, requires no special equipment, and can be done by most people.
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