Nearly a third of people in North Devon and Torridge fail to walk for 10 consecutive minutes a week, new figures show.
The figures released by the Department for Transport show nearly a third of people in Torridge, and almost 30 per cent of people in North Devon, fail to make a 10-minute walk a week.
Figures from Sport England’s Active Lives Survey show that North Devon has a higher than average weekly walking rate, while Torridge’s rate is in line with the national average.
The annual Active Lives survey, which ran from November 2016 to November 2017, asked a random sample of 244 adults in Torridge and 344 in North Devon how active they had been in the past four weeks.
In North Devon people were more likely to walk as a leisure activity than for travel.
Some 54 per cent of people said they took a recreational stroll at least once a week, compared with 35 per cent that travelled at least once a week on foot.
In Torridge, 56 per cent took a weekly recreational stroll and 29 per cent travelled at least once a week on foot.
A 10-minute walk could include walking to work or to the shops, as well as taking a walk specifically for recreation or exercise.
Sport England, which conducted the survey, aims to help get everyone in England to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity.
In June, Public Health England and the Royal College of GPs launched a campaign to promote the health benefits of taking a brisk 10-minute walk every day.
PHE’s physical activity lead Dr Mike Brannan said: “While we’re starting to see more people being active, getting the nation moving presents a significant challenge and won’t be solved overnight.”
Dr Brannan said that being physically active reduces the risk of serious illnesses, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
“For most people, walking or cycling is the easiest way to be active,” he added.
“Even a 10-minute brisk walk every day can make a real difference to your health.”
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