Lack of exercise in the Wakefield district is costing the NHS £10m a year.
That’s according to the annual report by the district’s top public health doctor, who urges on increases in physical activity to cut long-term health conditions.
Dr Andrew Furber said too many people were affected by preventable diseases, but exercise could improve people’s health immediate effect.
The report said: “Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but for too long we’ve neglected to take our recommended dose. Our health is now suffering as a consequence.”
The report said 42 per cent of Wakefield people took less than the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week.
It said: “The cost to the NHS alone in our district is around £10m.”
People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
The report said research showed exercise could also reduce the risk of dementia, mental health problems and stress.