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British people too busy to get physical

Nearly half of adults (44 per cent) are 'too busy' to do physical activity and two out of three are not doing the recommended 30 minutes a day, according to a survey of 2,000 people.

Although three quarters of those questioned consider themselves healthy, nearly all (93 per cent) confess to having at least one health sin such as eating takeaways regularly, binge drinking, not eating enough fruit and vegetables, and smoking.

Most adults not reaching minimum activity levels

“It is worrying that the majority of adults are not achieving the minimum level of physical activity," said Libby Dowling, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

Important for managing or reducing risk of diabetes

"For people with diabetes who are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke, achieving at least 30 minutes a day is vital to help them manage their condition well, which in turn will lower their risk of long term complications. Physical activity can also help reduce a person’s risk or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Activity can be made a part of daily life

“Fitting in time to do physical activity can be hard with our busy, modern lifestyles, and often conjures images of going to the gym or signing up to a class.

"However, it can easily be incorporated into daily life and the 30 minutes can be broken up. If you get public transport to work, why not try getting off a stop or two earlier and walking the rest of the way. Or walk up the stairs instead of using lifts and escalators.

"These small steps can help people build towards the recommended minimum target.”

The results of the survey were published by the British Heart Foundation.

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