Jeremy Clarkson has admitted he needs to do “something” about his health. The claim comes after he revealed he sometimes struggles to get his “breath back” whilst on jaunts with his son, Finlo Clarkson.
The former Grand Tour presenter has discussed exercise in his latest column and has announced that he sometimes doesn’t “find the time” to move. The revelations come as new research revealed that walking at a quicker pace could decrease the chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Writing in The Sunday Times this weekend, Jeremy, 63, revealed that he is a busy man. Due to writing for various national newspapers, running Clarkson’s Farm and presenting shows across ITV and Amazon, he finds that he can’t reach a step goal.
“So when I hear that a man of my age should do 10,000 steps a day, I just think: ‘Right, and how on earth would I find the time to do that?’, he said. The father-of-three also admitted that while he does walk his dogs every day, he only seems to do a “maximum of 2,000 steps.”
Speaking about walking to Stamford Bridge with his son Finlo, 26, the ex-BBC star revealed that he sometimes can’t keep up. “When I go with my son to Stamford Bridge, he pootles along at what people call ‘walking pace’ and to keep up I have to unleash my inner Bannister,” he wrote.
“Which means that for the first half of the match I can’t concentrate on the football because I’m too busy coughing up my spleen and trying to get my breath back,” he added. Elsewhere in the column, the TV star discussed his eating and drinking habits.
Jeremy revealed that he does “try, occasionally, to be good” and recently embarked on a juice cleanse. However, upon returning home from the retreat, he realised that man “cannot live on melons and beetroot alone”.
The former Top Gear presenter’s thoughts come after a new report claimed that increasing your walking speed could lower your risk of diabetes. The findings – published in The Times – claimed that if you walk 0.6mph faster, it would reduce the chance of diabetes contraction by 9 per cent.
“If I could get up to 4mph, then there’d be a 39 per cent lower risk,” said Jeremy. However, he further claimed that many people neither have “the time nor the will” to do anything about their health.
According to Diabetes UK, more than 4.3 million people residing in the UK live with diabetes. It’s also claimed that up to 850,000 people could be living with diabetes who are yet to be diagnosed.
Writing again in his column, Jeremy revealed that this ordeal has been “going on for 12 years”, and that he had recently been given a pair of “very snazzy and extremely clever” listening devices.
According to the NHS, a person with severe untreated hearing loss is five times more likely to develop dementia. However, someone who has moderate hearing loss is still three times as likely to get the illness.