Walking saves lives!

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Walking for Health Facebook fans have contributed dozens of photos of UK citizens taking health into their own hands. This one shows a group enjoying a walk through a forest in the county of Essex.

Earlier last week, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Stanford University found that exercise can be as effective as medicine when it comes to fighting obesity-related problems. The physical activity doesn’t have to leave you out of breath either – even just walking is excellent for your health. In fact, new research from Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support showed that walking actually saves lives!

How can that be? I mean, compared to playing competitive sports, taking a stroll seems so effortless! Well, according to scientists from Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, if everyone in England walked at least 150 minutes a week, 37,000 lives would be saved, 200,000 would avoid getting diabetes, and over 10,000 people would prevent cancer!

Wow… well, since the “workout” is so easy, I bet everyone is sneaking a short trek into their busy lives, huh? Actually, people aren’t doing enough to stay fit and fight obesity, which is pretty sad. Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, explains, “Inactivity is a nationwide epidemic that must be tackled now before it is too late.”

Shoot, I better walk fast on my way back home from school today! I’ll never underestimate the power of a brisk pace again.

Images courtesy of Walking for Health on Twitter.