Scots couch potato syndrome could cause early deaths

by Gary Armstrong

AROUND 1.6million Scots could face an early death because they are not getting enough exercise.

And almost a third of the UK population is ‘physically inactive’ according to new research from the British Heart Foundation.

The charity’s report reveals more than 20 million Brits are not getting the exercise they require to prevent against the threat of heart disease.

It is believed Britons’ lack of physical activity costs the NHS an estimated £1.2billion per year.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director for the British Heart Foundation believes ‘couch-potato syndrome’ is currently one of the greatest threats to the health of people worldwide.

He said: “Levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in the UK remain stubbornly high, and combined these risk factors present a substantial threat to our cardiovascular health and risk of early death.

“Making physical activity easier and more accessible for all is of paramount importance if we are able to reduce the burden of inactivity-related ill health.”

In response, the BHF have launched a ‘MyMarathon challenge’ which encourages people to get their running shoes on with the goal of completing the marathon standard 26.2 miles within 31 days.

It is hoped by setting the target, the charity can help Brits realise the prospect of completing a short run every day is not as daunting as many people believe.

Dr Knapton added: “Making physical activity easier and more accessible for all is of paramount importance if we are able to reduce the burden of inactivity-related ill health.

“Our MyMarathon challenge is an ideal way for people of all fitness levels to increase their physical activity and improve their heart health. Every pound raised will help fund vital research in the fight against heart disease.

Willing participants who want to take part should visit www.bhf.org.uk/marathon for further info.

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