We all need to do more walking, says charity

IT'S GOOD TO WALK -- that's the message to people in Mansfield and Ashfield.
IT'S GOOD TO WALK -- that's the message to people in Mansfield and Ashfield.
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Most people in Mansfield, Ashfield and the rest of the East Midlands don’t walk the recommended 30 minutes every day, five days a week.

New statistics, revealed to mark Walk To Work Week this week, show that the East Midlands lags behind the rest of England in the walking stakes.

The national charity, Living Streets, advises the half-hour figure not only to benefit our physical and mental health but also to boost local businesses because more local shops get footfall.

However, an average of only 44% of people in the region walk even at least ten minutes each day, five days a week. So Living Streets is urging locals to join in Walk To Work Week.

Says Midlands project manager Christy Acton: “Walking part of the day is a great way of incorporating exercise into your life.

“Walking on the way to work or even going for a walk during your lunchtime can help to improve productivity and is proven to relieve stress.

“You can incorporate walking into your daily commute by getting off local transport a little earlier or by parking your car a bit further away from work. Walking is the cheapest, simplest and one of the most effective forms of exercise.”