New research carried out by the University of Cambridge has revealed today that about 676,000 deaths each year were down to inactivity, compared with 337,000 from carrying too much weight.

Experts have said that getting everyone to do at least 20 minutes of brisk walking a day would have substantial benefits. Making such a simple change and eliminating inactivity in Europe would have the ability cut mortality rates by nearly 7.5%, or 676,000 deaths, a huge reduction we are sure you would agree.

Commenting on these latest statistics our Head of Membership, Greg Small who is also a personal trainer himself said:

“Improving the health and fitness of our nation is our responsibility – as statistics released today show a minimum of 20 minutes brisk walking can be all that it takes to ensure longevity.

He continued to say:

“I would highly urge our members to push their clients to spread the word to family members and friends to increase incidental exercise and ensure the minimum is met. By making simple changes to our daily lives such as walking to work we can increase our life expectancy.”

All REPs members meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed National Occupational Standards. We can give you confidence that all of our members are appropriately qualified and have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform their role effectively so that you can train in the knowledge that you are in safe hands.

If you’d like to make the change and get active in the hands of a professional and qualified personal trainer why not take a look on our public directory and find a REPs member in your area.