Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Walking the Tube: A Step by Step Guide; Striding Out: Anna Davis Puts the Healthy Walking Map to the Test

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Walking the Tube: A Step by Step Guide; Striding Out: Anna Davis Puts the Healthy Walking Map to the Test

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Byline: MarK blunden, anna davis

HEALTH campaigners today urged commuters to walk between Underground stations instead of using them.

Ministers and doctors trying to combat obesity are backing the drive.

A new map has been released detailing the number of steps that an adult walking at medium pace would take to travel between each central London station.

It shows, for example, how alighting at St Paul's and walking 947 steps to Bank would burn almost 30 calories equivalent of a double vodka.

The shortest walk is between Cannon Street and Monument, which takes 99 steps, while the longest is King's Cross to Farringdon, which takes 2,438 steps. People in search of a real workout could attempt the entire Circle line at 31,536 steps.

The map, compiled by insurance firm PruHealth, was calculated by volunteers using pedometers. Chief executive Shaun Matisonn said: "Taking 10,000 steps a day can help protect you against a wide range of diseases including strokes, diabetes and some types of cancer." Judy O'Sullivan, a cardiac nurse for the British Heart Foundation, said: "If you work near Covent Garden and catch the Piccadilly line then get off at Green Park and walk briskly for 15 minutes each way then that's half your daily physical activity requirement." Walking up escalators is also important and Ms O'Sullivan said the health benefits of walking outweighed the risks of air pollution.

Researchers calculated it took about 4.5 seconds to walk 10 steps at a rate of four miles per hour, while 1,000 steps took 7.5 minutes. At this rate, walkers burned about three calories per 100 steps, or one calorie every 15 seconds.

This would see travellers use nearly 100 calories by walking from Green Park to Covent Garden and back again, a journey which would take about 25 minutes. A Department of Health spokesman said: "In London we tend to rely on Tubes and buses to get around these days when we could be using our feet.

"Think about walking. …

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