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Over a fifth of people in the UK never walk for exercise

Source: Living Streets April 22



Over a fifth (22%) of the UK population never walk for exercise or leisure at all – and nearly half of people (46%) never walk to or from work, according to new research for National Walking Month.

A survey commissioned by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, shows that Glasgow is the top city in the UK for walking, with the highest proportion of people (86%) saying they sometimes walk purely for leisure or exercise. However, Nottingham is the city with the lowest proportion of people (68%) who ever head out to get some exercise by walking.

National Walking Month, which is organised by Living Streets every May, is this year encouraging everyone to #Try20, and walk for 20 minutes each day. Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve physical and mental health. A 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of preventable health conditions including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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