Now a 30-minute walk’s thought of as a step too far

Daily Express - - DAY & NIGHT - By Emma Elswor­thy

THE av­er­age per­son con­sid­ers any walk longer than half an hour “too far”, ac­cord­ing to a study yes­ter­day.

The study of 2,000 adults also found four in 10 are not will­ing to walk more than a mile.

Three-quar­ters said they have been put off be­cause it was rain­ing, while the av­er­age adult will opt for trans­port when tem­per­a­tures fall below 5C (41F).

Mean­while, four in 10 are more likely to take a lift rather than climb stairs.

Char­ity SPANA, which pro­vides free vet­eri­nary care to work­ing an­i­mals in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, car­ried out the re­search ahead of In­ter­na­tional Work­ing An­i­mal Day to­day.


Chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­of­frey Dennis said: “If the weather is bad or we’re feel­ing tired, we can jump in the car or on the bus to get where we need to be.

“But it’s a very dif­fer­ent story for many work­ing an­i­mals over­seas.”

The sur­vey found three-quar­ters of Bri­tons feel they ought to do more walk­ing. How­ever, when asked how far they were will­ing to walk be­fore tak­ing an­other form of trans­port, the av­er­age fig­ure given was 31 min­utes.

Among the top rea­sons peo­ple gave for stay­ing off their feet were find­ing walk­ing bor­ing, hav­ing an in­jury or dis­abil­ity that stops them be­ing mo­bile or be­ing just plain lazy.

A fifth of those polled be­lieve they do not have time to walk and must drive to make the most of the day.

The NHS sug­gests 10,000 steps a day is an ideal amount to walk – about five miles.

How­ever, Bri­tons es­ti­mate their av­er­age daily foot­fall to be 5,836 steps.

On av­er­age we spend nearly 17 hours a week sit­ting on the sofa – more than two hours a day.

Mean­while, seven in 10 say they would not be able to run a mile with­out get­ting out of breath.

Six in 10 peo­ple ad­mit there are weeks where they hardly walk at all and nine in 10 agree we walk less now than we have ever done be­fore.

Mr Dennis said: “It seems we are walk­ing far less than in past gen­er­a­tions. Busy life­styles and the fact that most house­holds own a car are some of the fac­tors be­hind this.

“But when it comes to walk­ing, it’s clear we gen­er­ally have a choice.

“Work­ing an­i­mals in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries – and the own­ers who walk be­side them – don’t have that lux­ury.”

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