BBC article – Inactivity ‘kills more than obesity’

The BBC has a report on a recently published study from Cambridge University.  The 12 year study showed that inactivity contributed to around 676,000 deaths per year whilst Obesity only contributed to 337,000.

“”The greatest risk [of an early death] was in those classed inactive, and that was consistent in normal weight, overweight and obese people,” one of the researchers, Prof Ulf Ekelund told BBC News. ”

So even if overweight the single best thing you can do for your health (other than stopping smoking) is to start doing 20 minutes of strenuous exercise per day.  Taking you up close to the recommended amount of 150 minutes a week.  http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30812439

If you’re looking to start getting more exercise in your week then why not get in touch with us. 01642803441 or stocktonactivetravel@sustrans.org.uk.  We can point you in the direction of walking and cycling groups, local routes for you to plan yourself and can also offer advice on how to make more of your journeys in a healthier manner.

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