A new year's resolution you can keep
Forget that expensive gym subscription you'll never use, simply walking could add 15 years to your life according to a runner recruited to a new official campaign.
The claim was made by former couch potato and treadmill endurance running world-record holder runner Rory Coleman who has completed nearly 500 marathons. 'Eleven years ago I was overweight - I was 15 stone - and I smoked and drank too much. I decided then that I had to make a change. I might have been dead now if I hadn't. Walking for 30 minutes a day, five days a week will really change your life. It could possibly give you another 15 years of life.'
He was launching a campign by the Get Fit Foundation, the national governing body for physical activity, to get people to do regular and sustainable exercise at least five times a week, such as walking to work or the shops. Because some 30,000 people in the UK die from obesity-related problems each year, the government has set itself the target of getting 70% of the population exercising.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Fiona Adshead, says: 'Walking is a great way to get more exercise as part of daily life and it's easy for people to make a small change to their daily routine by walking that little bit further every day.'
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