Date Published: 19 September 2017
Residents across Rutland are being urged to do more physical activity to help them lead longer, healthier lives, as part of Public Health England’s ‘One You’ physical activity campaign.
Public Health England (PHE) recently launched a free app called Active 10 to help adults increase their levels of physical activity by encouraging them to fit 10 minutes of continuous walking into their day.
Over 540,000 adults aged 40–60 in the East Midlands do not achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month and are missing out on health benefits, according to a new evidence paper from PHE.
Taking at least one brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to provide health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and some cancers.
“Fitting in exercise around everyday life isn’t always easy but small changes can have huge benefits to your health. Walking to the shops instead of driving or going for a brisk ten minute walk on your lunch break each day can add many healthy years to your life.The Active 10 app is a free and easy way to help anyone build more brisk walking into their daily routine.”Ann Crawford, Deputy Director for Health Improvement at PHE East Midland, said:
“Exercise is an important part of maintaining our health, both in terms of physical and mental wellbeing. The Active 10 app is a great way to ensure that we are getting enough exercise and 50,000 people across the country are already on their way to a healthier lifestyle after downloading it. There are a number of Walking for Health Groups in Rutland that get local people walking in our beautiful countryside. The organised walks are led by trained walk leaders and offer a friendly and inclusive atmosphere for people of all ages and abilities.”Cllr Clifton, Rutland County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health
The free app combines walking intensity and time, rather than just distance or steps and is the first of its kind. It helps people gradually introduce more activity into their daily routine, with goal setting advice and motivational tips. If you would like to download the app, visit the NHS One You campaign website.
For further information about Walking for Health Groups in Rutland or to find your nearest group, please visit the Active Rutland website.