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It’s getting too easy to stay still

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to stay active in modern society, as a new report has highlighted.

With so many gadgets being designed to make life easier for us, from the humble TV remote to electronic scooters, it’s no surprise we’re all getting lazy.

Out of town supermarkets that require us to drive instead of walk and moving staircases everywhere also contribute to a lifestyle that stops us using our legs or increasing our heart rate.

The most inactive areas of the UK have been named and shamed in the new report by campaigning organisation ukactive.

The worst offender is Manchester, where 40.24% of adults are doing less than 30 minutes of activity a week.

If, like me, you’re not a big fan of organised exercise classes or pounding the streets in your running shoes, it can be easy to fall into this trap.

Lord Sebastian Coe said of the findings: “Physical inactivity currently accounts for nearly one-fifth of premature deaths in the UK. With projections showing that inactivity levels are due to increase by a further 15 per cent by 2030 there is no doubt that the issue requires immediate national attention and urgent action.

“Turning the tide of inactivity would be a hugely important outcome for our Olympic and Paralympic legacy story, which would have a massive long-term impact on our nation’s health and wellbeing.”

It is hard to get motivated sometimes, but the feeling you get after doing a bit of exercise is unbeatable isn’t it? Be honest, you’d feel much better after a brisk walk than you would if you’d slouched in front of the TV, wouldn’t you?

Come on Britain, let’s get moving…


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