Big step in the right direction: Get fitter by taking a daily stroll

IF YOU were offered a daily pill that could reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke, give you a healthy dose of vitamin D, help you lose weight, tone up and increase your stamina, would you take it? 

The answer is bound to be yes but before you go searching for this new wonder drug, here’s the best bit: the benefits are all yours with a brisk daily walk. Hard to believe? Time and time again the evidence supports claims that walking reduces the risk of chronic diseases. 

In 2008, University College London researchers published a review of the most robust walking studies carried out between 1970 and 2007. They concluded that walking cut the risk of cardiovascular disease by 31 per cent and the risk of dying during the 12-year study period was reduced by 32 per cent for both men and women. 


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