Get Walking Week aims to curb region’s laziness


People in the eastern region are among the worst in the country when it comes to walking, a survey has revealed.

The YouGov poll, which targeted 2,323 adults in total, was commissioned by walking group the Ramblers. It puts the east second worst in the UK for the amount of walking they do each week.

Less than two fifths of people in the area would not consider walking for more than 20 minutes when planning a journey.

The survey has also revealed a rise in the number of people who admit they walk for less than an hour per week. This year, the figure was 28%, up on last year’s 19%.

According to the Ramblers, who are leading the initiative Get Walking Week from tomorrow, one in four of the adult population are currently classed as physically inactive.

Benedict Southworth, Ramblers chief executive, 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.

“During Get Walking Week we are asking people in the East of England to think about how they can walk more. 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.”

Nearby events during the week-long campaign include a five mile leisurely walk through the bluebells of Ashridge on Monday, and a three-mile stroll along the Grand Union Canal on Thursday. Click here for more details.