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New data reveals how much time we spend walking

PUBLISHED: 08:23 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 12 February 2018

New figures have revealed how much time people in the region spend walking. Photo: Matthew Usher

New figures have revealed how much time people in the region spend walking. Photo: Matthew Usher

New figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) reveal the walking habits of people across the region.

The data comes from the Active Lives Survey, which is conducted annually, and asks people from across the country about their levels of physical activity.

The survey reveals Norwich has some of the most 
active walkers in the country, while only 43pc of people 
in Breckland walk continuously for 10 minutes on a weekly basis - the second lowest levels in the country.

Breckland does match the national average of weekly leisure walkers, at 41pc, 
while all other districts in 
East Anglia top it, with 
Suffolk Coastal the highest at 65pc.

Despite the comparatively high numbers of leisure walkers across the region, more than a quarter of people do less than 30 minutes a week of activity of any variety.

New figures have revealed how much time people in the region spend walking. Picture: Ian Burt New figures have revealed how much time people in the region spend walking. Picture: Ian Burt

Ben Jones, director of 
Active Norfolk, said it was important to find ways of fitting exercise into increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

He said: “These figures reflect the on-going challenge of incorporating physical activity into our daily lives, which have become increasingly sedentary 
both in the workplace and at home.

“Finding ways to fit physical activity into our daily routines, from incorporating activity 
as part of your commute, 
or as part of your work day routine, is important to not only protect our long-term health, but it can also help to improve our mood, alleviate anxiety, and help us sleep better.

“Walking is just one of many ways that people can be physically active, and we’re lucky here to have so many opportunities to be active outdoors.”

New figures have revealed how much time people in the region spend walking. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE New figures have revealed how much time people in the region spend walking. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines advise that adults should aim to complete at 
least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week - where 
heart rate is increased but 
the participant is still able to hold conversation.

Brisk walking is recommended as an accessible and effective means of reaching this target and decreasing the risk of high blood pressure, stress and type 2 diabetes.

Regularly walking is also linked with maintaining a healthy weight and the latest figures from Public Health England show that more 
than half of adults across 
East Anglia are overweight or obese, with highs of 67pc in Waveney and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

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