Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health.  Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age of 40. They are urging those between the ages of 40 and 60 to start doing regular brisk walks. Just 10 minutes a day could have a major impact, reducing the risk of early death by 15%, they say. But PHE estimates four out of every 10 40- to 60-year-olds do not even manage a brisk 10-minute walk each month. To help, the government agency is promoting a free app – Active 10 – which can monitor the amount of brisk walking an individual does and provide tips on how to incorporate more into the daily routine. PHE deputy medical director Dr Jenny Harries said: “I know first hand that juggling priorities of everyday life often means exercise takes a back seat. “But walking to the shops instead of driving, or going for a brisk 10-minute walk on your lunch break each day, can add many healthy years to your life.”

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