Despite all the government campaigns, targets and media stories about the importance of regular exercise, a high proportion of the populations of Western countries still leads a very sedentary lifestyle. Cost and availability of facilities such as gyms and sports centres shouldn’t be a factor, given the benefit that can be obtained from simply walking briskly or running. If motivation is the issue, can exercising with other people help? New research suggests that risk of strokes, coronary heart disease, depression and other life-threatening conditions can be reduced through regular outdoor walking in groups. The findings reveal that people who regularly walk in groups have lower blood pressure, resting heart rate and total cholesterol.