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Region's age of inactivity; SOME 43% OF THOSE IN 40-60 RANGE BARELY DO ANY WALKING.

Byline: KATIE DICKINSON Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON

SHOCKING levels of inactivity among middle-aged people in the North East have been revealed by new research.

Public Health England (PHE) data has revealed that 43% of 40 to 60-year-olds in the region do not even manage a brisk 10-minute walk each month.

Health leaders encouraged these 315,000 people to walk to the shop instead of drive and take up walking on lunch breaks to add "many healthy years" to their lives.

Aiming to do a brisk walk - of at least 3mph - for 10 minutes each day is likely to be seen as "achievable" by people who are chronically inactive, PHE said.

It is worrying so many 60-year-doing 10 of brisk Catherine The health benefits of brisk walking for 10 minutes each day include increased fitness, improved mood, increased leanness and a healthier weight and a 15% reduction in the risk of dying prematurely, PHE said.

Walking requires no skill, facilities or equipment and is more "accessible and acceptable" than other minutes' walking a month Parker forms of physical activity for most people, according to a PHE report. Guidance issued by the UK's four chief medical officers in 2011 instructed the British population on how much exercise they should be participating in each week and stated that adults should be taking part in at least two and a half hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity activity every week.

The new PHE report said a quarter of the English population is "inactive" - doing less than 30 minutes of activity per week.

"For some of these individuals 150 minutes may seem an unrealistic aim," according to the PHE report.

The health body's One You physical activity campaign is urging people to take up the challenge of building 10 minutes' continuous brisk walking into their day. It has created a free new app - Active 10 - which helps people achieve the goal - which GPs are recommending to their patients to help build up levels of activity.

PHE North East acting consultant in Health and Well-being Catherine Parker said: "It is worrying that so many 40 to 60-year-olds in the North East are not doing ten minutes' brisk walking a month.

"This app has already proved to be hugely popular and it can be a great way to encourage these 315,000 inactive adults to build walking into their everyday lives.

"The app has manageable goals that help users to gradually built up their activity.

"It can be hard to change our habits, but by walking just 10 minutes a day at a brisk pace can have enormous health benefits and is good for your overall well-being as well."

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