Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
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2025 global physical activity target threatened by current trends

2025 global physical activity target threatened by current trends

"Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not decreasing worldwide and more than a quarter of all adults do not reach recommended levels of physical activity to maintain good health", stated Regina Guthold, the study's leading author.

Across regions, many individual countries recorded large differences in insufficient activity between women and men, such as 40 versus 16 per cent in Bangladesh, 31 versus 14 per cent in Eritrea, 44 versus 25 per cent in India, 48 versus 32 per cent in the US, and 40 versus 32 per cent in the UK.

Women were less active than men in all regions of the world except in East and Southeast Asia.

Women were less active than men (23.4 percent women compared to 31.7 percent men).

They were based in 168 countries and had nearly 1.9 million people.

Guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services suggest adults participate in some type of muscle strengthening activity at least twice a week, along with moderate aerobic exercise for 150 minutes per week or 75 minutes per week if vigorously working out. During 2016, activity levels of 1.9 million people in 168 countries around the world were tracked.

According to the same research- 33.6 per cent of woman are not getting enough exercise compared to 27 per cent of men. "Governments have recognized the need for action by endorsing the WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (2018-2030)", says Dr Bull. That's a slight improvement from 2001, when the global inactivity rate was 28.5%, but is still a problem that needs to be "urgently addressed", according to the authors, because exercise is one of the best ways to improve health and longevity and prevent chronic disease.

China and Russian Federation had relatively low ratios of physically inactive adults at 14 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Countries with the highest rates of inactivity were Kuwait, American Samoa, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq - where more than half of all adults were insufficiently active in 2016.

According to Guthold, the downward trend in physical activity found in the newest study can not be explained by including more countries in the analysis. The lowest countries are Uganda and Mozambique, where 6 percent don't meet it.

Experts said the transition in wealthier countries towards more sedentary jobs and hobbies, along with increased use of motor transport, might explain their higher levels of inactivity.

But if you think Australia was bad, it has nothing on the United Kingdom with the study finding that a third of adults fail to walk for just 20 minutes a day- making them some of the laziest citizens in western Europe.

If adults were to become more active, they can improve their muscular and cardio-respiratory fitness, bone health, weight control and reduce their risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and various types of cancer. As a next step the researchers would work on assessing the levels of activities among the children and youth. In high-income regions inactivity levels even increased by five percent. The advancement in technology has made people's life more convenient but also less active, said Ding.

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