LAZY Brits think walking for anything longer than 30 minutes is “too far”.
Around 40 per cent admit they wouldn’t walk more than a mile to get somewhere, opting for a different form of transport instead.
Getty – Contributor Lazy Brits think walking longer than half an hour is ‘too far’
And 74 per cent have been put off walking somewhere because it’s raining, a survey of 2,000 Brits revealed.
If temperatures drop below 5C most will opt to jump in the car instead of walk.
Similarly, four in ten are more likely to take a lift rather than climb just one flight of stairs, with four flights being the average an adult would tackle.
Animal charity SPANA carried out the research ahead of International Working Animal Day today, to raise awareness of the hard journeys working animals around the world face every day, walking long distances while carrying backbreaking loads.
Getty – Contributor Around 40 per cent admit they wouldn’t walk more than a mile to get somewhere, opting for a different form of transport instead
Geoffrey Dennis, chief executive of SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries, said: “In Britain, we’re lucky that we can usually choose how much, or how little, we walk.
“If the weather is bad or we’re feeling tired, most people can jump in the car or on the bus to get where they need to be.
“But it’s a very different story for many working animals overseas.
“These horses, donkeys and camels have to walk many miles every day, transporting heavy loads in difficult terrain and sweltering heat.
“During these tough journeys, animals often have little shelter, water or rest, while lameness and painful wounds are common.”
The survey found three quarters of British people feel they ought to do more walking than they currently do.
Some of the top reasons for people staying off their feet include finding walking boring, having an injury or disability that stops them being mobile, or being just plain lazy.
Getty – Contributor A new survey aims to raise awareness of working animals around the world, who walk long distances every day
And a fifth of respondents believe they simply don’t have the time to walk, and have to drive to make the most of the hours in their day.
Many health experts, including the NHS, suggest 10,000 steps per day is an ideal amount to walk – the equivalent of about five miles.
However, Brits estimate their own average daily footfall at just 5,836 steps – a little over half of what they should be doing for optimum fitness.
In Britain, we’re lucky that we can usually choose how much, or how little, we walk. But it’s a very different story for many working animals overseas
Geoffrey Dennis, chief executive of animal charity SPANA
In comparison, they spend more than 16-and-a-half hours a week sitting on their sofa – more than two hours per day.
It also emerged that rather than nip out to the shops, a fifth of adults have sent their children out to pick up some milk, and seven in 10 say they wouldn’t be able to run a mile without getting out of breath.
And those polled are likely to jump into their car or take public transport to a destination they could easily walk to an average of 13 times a month.
Just under six in 10 people admit there are weeks where they hardly walk at all, and for 15 per cent of the population, this is the case “most weeks”.
A huge 88 per cent of respondents also believe that, as a nation, the British walk less than they have ever done before.
Geoffrey Dennis added: “It seems people in Britain today are walking far less than in past generations.