...as doc­tors urged to cy­cle like him

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DOC­TORS should cy­cle to work to set an ex­am­ple to their pa­tients, their lead­ers said yes­ter­day.

Surgery wait­ing rooms should also be kit­ted out with ex­er­cise ma­chines so pa­tients can get fit while they wait.

Fam­ily doc­tors are ‘uniquely placed’ to in­flu­ence pa­tients and help tackle Bri­tain’s in­ac­tiv­ity epi­demic, ac­cord­ing to the Royal Col­lege of GPs.

Yet GPs are ex­tremely in­ac­tive them­selves, with only four in ten meet­ing NHS ex­er­cise guide­lines.

Public Health Eng­land last month launched a ma­jor ex­er­cise cam­paign, stress­ing that only 61 per cent of peo­ple hit the NHS tar­get of 150 min­utes of ex­er­cise a week.

And Health Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt has set an ex­am­ple by cy­cling to work at his of­fices in cen­tral Lon­don.

Dr An­drew Boyd, the royal col­lege’s ‘ac­tiv­ity cham­pion’, said too many doc-

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