A study from the World Health Organisation has found that a third of women and a quarter of men across the world aren’t active enough.
The research found that high levels of inactivity is putting people at a higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and even cancer. Think twice when you’re deciding between a Netflix marathon and a trip to the gym.
This information comes from a huge amount of research in 2016. A massive 358 surveys where conducted across 168 countries, collecting information from 1.9 million participants.
“Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health,” commented WHO’s Dr Regina Guthold.
Overall the study found that more than a quarter of the worlds population weren’t doing enough exercise. It was also discovered that since 2001, there has been only a small amount of progress in improving activity levels.
High-income western countries, the levels of inactivity were above the global average. Almost a third (31%) of men and more than two in five women (42%) are insufficiently active, putting them at higher risk of disease.
How much exercise should I be doing?
WHO recommended at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise as sufficient, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. Anything less was defined as insufficient, and potentially damaging to long-term health.
Being inactive can put a lot of strain on your body. A sedentary lifestyle can increase blood pressure and it can mean you pile on the lbs, which puts you at risk of heart disease, diabetes and more.
Luckily for us fitness girls, we know how important it is to workout on the regular. The hours we put in at the gym probably mean we’re in the healthy range.
We’re all guilty of spending the occasional day in bed, watching films and eating pizza. Just make sure you’re hitting the recommended amount of exercise every week and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Once you’ve nailed that, you’ll add years to your life.
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