North Lincolnshire Council is inviting people to join its free health walks following a report that estimates about two thirds of adults in the UK are not exercising enough.
A report published in medical journal the Lancet has equated the number of deaths from lack of physical activity to those from smoking, claiming that the problem is now so bad that it should be treated as a global pandemic.
The Lancet report – in line with the findings of the UK Chief Medical Officers – recommends that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, such as brisk walking.
Walking is easy, free and accessible to nearly everyone, no matter what their physical abilities or health.
It’s also an easy activity to start slowly and build up gradually and the council’s Walking for Health accredited walks are the perfect place to start striding out.
More than 9,500 people benefited from the walks in North Lincolnshire last year and we want more people who do little or no exercise to join in.
Walking in a group provides not only the physical benefits of walking, but also offers the opportunity for social contact and support in getting active.
Cllr Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for Highways and Neighbourhoods, said:
“The findings add to the growing body of evidence that demonstrates the vital importance of physical activity.
“The council offers many different ways for people of all abilities to take up exercise and walking is a great way to start.
“All our Walking for Health walks are free and supported by at least two trained walk leaders, one with first aid equipment.
“All are welcome and there is no need to book, just turn up on the day and find one of the walk leaders.
“For more details visit the pages on our website or call 01724 297631.”