Walking is a superfood

Walking could be just as important as eating, providing the key types of movement the body needs to remain healthy, according to author and scientist Katy Bowman.

Bowman, a Californian-based biomechanist and the author of Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, told Reuters that “Walking is a superfood.”

She says: “It’s a lot easier to get movement than it is to get exercise. Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day.”

Bowman said. “You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.”

Her view has been echoed by a number of experts, with some suggesting that even minimal amounts of exercise, such as walking, can bring major health benefits for people of all ages.

For example, one piece of research published by the Journal of American College of Cardiology, has revealed that small amounts of physical activity could still bring major health benefits for exercisers.

Elsewhere, from a UK standpoint, some industry members have called for a focus on ensuring that members of the public feel confident enough to start becoming physically active. One case in point is Dr Mike Loosemore, founder of Active Movement, who believes that some members of the public find guidelines too intimidating to challenge their own levels of activity.

“Only 7% of men and 3% of women are fulfilling the public health guidelines. 30% are doing less than half, and half of those don’t do anything at all,” he said in the latest edition of Health Club Management magazine.

Will Herman, Pelican Communication’s expert in outdoor communications commented: “This is further evidence, if it were needed, of the opportunity for the outdoor industry to improve the health of the nation by encouraging more people to get active.

“The OIA is already working hard in this area and government seems to be finally waking-up to the health benefits of simply getting people into our great outdoors.”

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