Thursday, 11 September 2014

Oh yeah?

From today's Daily Telegraph:
Walking for half an hour a day is equivalent to taking a “magic pill” that combats ageing and prevents early death, a doctor has claimed.
Dr James Brown, from the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, told the British Science Festival in Birmingham it could help prevent obesity and diabetes, lower the risk of some cancers, relieve depression and anxiety, increase mobility and reduce the chance of hip fractures by 40 per cent among older adults.
It also improved the ability to think and reason, slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, cut arthritic pain by half, raised energy levels, reduced fatigue and led to a 23 per cent lower risk of dying. 
I regularly walk for somewhere between one and a half and two hours a day so it all looks pretty positive for me.  But it doesn't matter who you are, the Pope or President Mugabe, nobody can have any less than a 100% risk of dying!  That reporter (it surely can't have been the good doctor?) needs to think about what he/she is writing.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Perhaps their ability to think and report accurately was due to their sedentary lifestyle writing reports?

I'm out and about all the time walking and riding my bike so clearly you and I are going to live forever!