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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - SMALL STEPS -

KEEP YOUR GEAR CLOSE TO HAND

“Leave your shoes and walk­ing gear by the door, or in the car,” says King, “so that they are al­ways avail­able if the op­por­tu­nity to get ac­tive presents it­self.”

GO OLD-FASH­IONED

Tech­nol­ogy can be a prob­lem when it’s a bar­rier to the con­stant, light ex­er­cise that used to be an un­avoid­able part of daily life. Or, as Colm Casey puts it, ”we have a se­vere case of sit­ting disease.” We have ro­bots now that will clean our floors, web­sites where we do our shop­ping. “The Amish peo­ple, their av­er­age daily step count is in the range of 15,000 for fe­males and 18,000 for males —they’re still liv­ing with­out au­to­ma­tion. In Ire­land, the av­er­age per­son gets 8,000 to 9,000 steps.”

Tech­nol­ogy is part of the prob­lem. “We used to walk around Tesco pick­ing up stuff,” says Casey. “Trans­porta­tion is built in such a way that we don’t have to walk any­where. Take the new Luas Cross City, it would be quicker to walk across the city than take the Luas but the Luas is now an op­tion and that’s the one that most peo­ple will take.”

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