The poorest members of society are risking early death thanks to their inactivity, with researchers finding that people in some of the UK's most deprived spots are failing to raise their heart rates above rest-level idling for most of their sedentary lives.
The survey, by health campaigner UKactive, says there's a strong correlation between poorer local authorities and higher levels of inactivity, with one third of the worst cases of lethargic people failing to elevate their heart rates above the norm for even 30 minutes a month. Not even a quick waddle to the shops for a BOGOF on Pringles can get their hearts beating faster.
UKactive chairman Fred Turok says: "It’s no longer acceptable that physical inactivity remains the forgotten cause of death in the UK. More deprived areas are faring worse in a physical inactivity pandemic, with no national strategy to improve our fitness levels."
Blame is, perhaps a bit unfairly, being apportioned to local councils for not spending enough on advertising the benefits of exercise, and providing one third fewer leisure facilities in poorer boroughs. As if sticking an Olympic-size swimming pool in a suburban shithole would have any effect. [Metro]
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