35 to 44-years-olds cited uncomfortable footwear, the time it took to walk anywhere and the inconvenience of becoming hot and sweaty, as reasons for not walking enough.
Older generations were far more active then their younger peers, with most 55-64 year olds walking for more than two hours a week.
The figures have been published by pedestrian charity Living Streets, as part of the Great British Walking Challenge due to take place this May.
The campaign aims to help people take simple steps to increase the amount of time they spend walking. This includes things like getting off the bus a few stops early, parking a little further from a destination, or taking a walk on lunch breaks to relax and unwind from work.
Walking has in the past been overlooked as a beneficial activity but it is in fact one of the best forms of exercise on offer, mainly because it can be done anywhere, at any time, as well as having physical, psychological, social and financial benefits.
Chief executive Tony Armstrong said: “Getting active doesn’t have to be painful or expensive. Rather than costly gym sessions or punishing long distance runs, try stepping outside for a lunchtime stroll or getting off the bus a few stops early.”
There are a number of simple ways to overcome the problems of walking in Britain:
- buy good waterproof clothing and an umbrella
- buy some comfortable shoes
- leave extra time to reach your chosen destination
- take music and headphones to curb boredom
- incorporate walking into your spare time e.g. instead of driving to a country pub for lunch at the weekend, drive to a nearby location and hike to the pub – you will enjoy that cold drink even more!
For a few small changes, the benefits are extensive and include:
- reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke
- reducing risk of cancer
- reducing risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- reduce anxiety
- reduce stress
- help depression
- lose weight
- become fitter
- save money not spent on petrol or tickets.
You are advised to walk for 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.
If you are looking to improve your health but you don’t feel like you have the will-power to do it, a hypnotherapist may be able to help. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for altering patterns of thought and behaviour, which help make previously difficult tasks a lot easier. To explore ways in which hypnotherapy can help, please visit our Hypnotherapy Areas section.