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North East adults 'not walking enough' warns PHE

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Over 315,000 adults aged 40-60 in the North East do not achieve ten minutes of continuous brisk walking over a month, according to Public Health England.

The findings also reveal how lifestyles have changed over time, showing that people in the UK are 20% less active now than they were in the 1960s and on average walk 15 miles less a year than two decades ago.

Public Health England says physical inactivity amongst adults contributes to one in six deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.

The health body has launched a 'One You' physical activity campaign, to encourage people to do brisk 10 minute walks using a new 'Active 10' app.

Many digital products tell us to aim for 10,000 steps a day, which is a good recommendation but may seem unachievable to many people tied to the desk, screen or steering wheel for eight hours a day.

“It’s important to consider both distance and intensity of walking to get the heart pumping in order to improve health. Walking briskly for ten minutes each day benefits inactive adults the most, which is why the Active 10 app fits millions of people’s needs so well.

– Professor Sir Muir Gray, Clinical Adviser for the Active 10 app