Summer is the perfect time of year to spend a little more time outside and to be more active, but the busy nature of modern life means that it is often difficult to fit physical activity into our days.
But the good news is, brisk walking counts as a form of intense physical activity and just 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference to your health, both in the short and long term – it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It’s for these reasons that healthcare professionals are recommending high intensity physical activity, like brisk walking, in order to improve their patients’ health.
To help you on a journey to a healthier you, Public Health England is encouraging adults to download the free ‘Active 10’ app to help complete your 10 minutes of brisk walking daily and to gradually build this up to multiple ‘Active 10s’. The app is the first of its kind to show how much brisk walking you’re doing and when you are doing this at a high enough intensity and long enough to get health benefits.
So, this summer, why not join the 600,000 people who have downloaded the Active 10 app so far and get walking to a healthier you?