British health officials came up with new advice for older people to stay healthy. They encourage middle-aged people to start walking faster. If they get too sedentary, their health might be in danger, as inactivity is one of their biggest enemies.
Walking briskly for 10 minutes every day improves health condition
Officials from Public Health England noticed how people started being less active starting with the age of 40. Being sedentary might lead to the development of several health problems, therefore they told people between 40 and 60 to start walking at a more rapid pace. If they take only 10 minutes of their lives to walk briskly, their condition might be significantly changed for the better. Doing this every day can reduce their risk of mortality by 15 percent.
Unfortunately, many people in this age group barely go out, and some of them manage to spend 10 minutes walking more rapidly only once a month, or even less often. The English government wants to change that, so it thought of a solution to convince people to be more active.
The English government encourages middle-aged people to be more active by using an app
It started promoting a free app called Active 10, which records the walking done by a person per day. Also, it offers people advice on how they can improve their condition, and how to perform more physical activity in their lives.
Sometimes, it might be hard to be physically active when you have to many other things which capture your attention. However, by taking small steps, you can gradually involve more physical activity in your daily life. For instance, instead of driving somewhere close, you can choose walking.
Some people have already started Active 10, and have seen the improvements. Also, doctors are advised to encourage their patients to be more active and to take brisk walks more often. The guidelines recommend about 150 minutes of physical activity per day but, unfortunately, not even half of people between 40 and 60 achieve this goal.
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