International evidence and the UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMOs) guidelines support the idea that general health benefits will be achieved with 150 minutes of physical activity each week, equating to just under 22 minutes of exercise each day.
While supporting these guidelines, researchers from Public Health England recently looked at the benefits of brisk walking for people over the age of 40 who were physically inactive. Their research revealed that just over 40% of people between 40-60 had not walked at a brisk or fast pace for 10 minutes or more in the previous month.
Furthermore, brisk walking for 10 minutes each day, for seven days, was shown to provide a number of health benefits for people who are currently inactive. This included improvements in physical fitness, mood, quality of life and ability to perform everyday physical activities. In addition, it can increase body leanness and healthier weight, as well as reduce the risk of early death by 15%.
Public Health England suggests that the 10 minutes of brisk walking could form a valuable part of a weekly 150-minute programme of physical activity.