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People are fitter if they live near the coast

People living on the English coast are more likely than those living inland to say they are fit and well, an analysis of census data suggests.

The researchers said living in areas such as Skegness, St Ives or Scarborough was linked to a “small, but significant” improvement in health.

Lower stress and more opportunities to exercise were suggested as possible explanations.

The findings were published in the journal Health and Place.

The researchers looked at data from 48 million people in England from the 2001 census. They compared how close people were to the bracing sea air and their answer to a question about their own health.

The study was conducted by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exeter.

It found people living less than 1km from the sea were more likely to say they were in “good health” than people living further away.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18856680

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