The headline in the UK today…

A lack of exercise could be killing over 600,000 people in Europe every year, a 12-year study suggests. University of Cambridge researchers said about 676,000 deaths each year were down to inactivity, compared with 337,000 from carrying too much weight.

Extend the same results to North America where the infrastructure is mainly designed for cars and up to 2 million deaths throughout Europe and North America every year could be the direct result of not walking my recommended ‘fast 3-5 miles per day (4-8km)’. This puts it on a par with deaths from medical treatment.

To be Really Clear

The really interesting outcome was that walking was beneficial for people of any weight although obesity and inactivity often go hand in hand. Even more strange is that thin people have a higher risk of health problems if they are inactive. And obese people who exercise are in better health than those that do not.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, attempted to clarify the relative dangers of inactivity and obesity.

The Moral of the Story?

Nancy Sinatra sang, ‘These Boots are made for walking’, but it should have been ‘these legs are made for walking’. Failing to walk every day risks your health, your independence, your sanity and as this study shows, your very life. Strolling around shopping is not walking. Walking is long strides and steady breathing.

See the walking extract taken from my book here

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