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A third of people in the West Midlands only walk for an hour or less per week

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 31, 2014

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The results of a YouGov survey have revealed adults in the West Midlands are the most likely in Britain to walk, on average, for only an hour or less per week.

33% of people surveyed in the West Midlands stated they walk on average for an hour or less per week and worryingly, 37% of people in the region would not consider walking for more than 20 minutes when planning a journey.

With such shocking results, the Ramblers is calling for people to park their cars and get out more on foot.

One in four of the adult population are currently classed as physically inactive2.

This has severe health consequences3, so it is crucial that people start taking steps towards a more active lifestyle.

The Ramblers knows walking is the simplest solution to tackling this physical inactivity pandemic and is encouraging people to take to their feet.

Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers, said: “Walking is such an easy way for people to meet the recommended guidelines of getting 150 minutes of exercise per week, so it’s really worrying that inactivity levels are so high.

“Making short journeys on foot is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into everyday life - rather than automatically jumping in the car or on the bus, use your feet instead.

“You don’t need any special equipment, so why not find a walk near you and walk towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.”

For more information about Get Walking Week, please visit www.ramblers.org.uk/getwalkingweek.

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