A leisurely walk is better for your health than short bursts of exercise in the gym. New research from Maastricht University has revealed that you cannot compensate for a sedentary lifestyle by doing short bursts of exercise and that prolonged exercise such as walking is better for lowering cholesterol levels.

By monitoring insulin and lipid (fat) levels in young adults, researchers found that those who walked for four hours and stood for two had significantly lower levels of cholesterol and lipids than those who did short bursts of intensive exercise.

Gareth Williams, founder of the national outdoor and walking club, Large Outdoors said, “Walking is an excellent way of keeping fit and healthy and is accessible for people of all ages and abilities. To help our members to get fit and stay active we run social walks and walking weekends across the country, making walking easy, accessible and safe and helping people to get out and enjoy the British countryside.”

So why not join an up and coming Large Outdoors event in the Peak District including walks through the Derwent Valley, Castleton or Dovedale or for those of you up for the challenge why not join one of our White to Dark Challenge Events.

For further information or to book your place on a Large Outdoors event, see www.largeoutdoors.com.


Notes to editor

Large Outdoors is a nationwide outdoor pursuits and social group, offering members the chance to meet new people whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

Since 2008 Large Outdoors has run walks, activities and events, led by experienced and qualified leaders who are there to help participants to get the most out of their chosen activities. With an inclusive and fun approach to the outdoors, Large Outdoors is suitable for adults of all abilities and takes a social approach to outdoor pursuits, making it the perfect way to meet new people whilst getting fit and having fun.


Source: PLOS One journal http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0055542

For further information please contact:

Laura Mingins

Pelican PR

01457 820 807



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