15 a day

From the Guardian today:

“A cheering piece of research suggests that just 15 minutes of exercise a day ??? half the recommended amount in the UK ??? can boost life expectancy.”

I find this kind of journalism frustrating, it sends totally the wrong message. Surely we should be convincing people to move more not that it’s ok to move less?

The suggested exercise is pretty poor too:

“England’s chief medical officer, Sally Davies, told the BBC the study would remind people there were many ways of getting exercise, “activities like walking at a good pace or digging the garden can count too”.”
This suggests that by walking to the train station and back each day I would be set. Surely that’s quite obviously not right?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/aug/16/fifteen-minutes-exercise-health

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