Our sedentary lifestyles are simply deadly

PUBLISHED: 09:04, Fri, Apr 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:31, Fri, Apr 19, 2019

Health Secretary Matt Hancock knows that if his time in the job is to be judged a success, he will have to tackle one of the biggest killers in Britain - and that won't happen by handing out more pills. Our sedentary lifestyles are simply deadly. We are 20 per cent less active than in the 1960s and this makes it more likely that we will suffer heart disease, strokes, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes.

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Rather than worry about the future we can decide to change the way we live today.

Merseyside GP Dr Simon Tobin prefers to invite patients to join him on a run in the park instead of dishing out drugs and he has seen people end up "healthier, happier and on fewer medications".

He says his own life has been changed through taking part in the "Parkrun" and people with anxiety and depression have also made breakthroughs.

A regular brisk walk or a gentle jog will bring us relaxation and contentment - and it might just save our lives.

hancockHealth Secretary Matt Hancock (Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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