Do YOU Get Enough Ex­er­cise?

Amazing Wellness - - AMAZING NEWS -

A quar­ter of the world’s adults don’t get enough ex­er­cise, ac­cord­ing to a new study con­ducted by re­searchers from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) and pub­lished in The Lancet Global Health. The study found that 27.5% of peo­ple across the globe don’t meet the WHO’s phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­lines of 75 min­utes of vig­or­ous ex­er­cise or 150 min­utes of mod­er­ate ex­er­cise per week. The WHO’s study was based on data from 358 sur­veys con­ducted be­tween 2001 and 2016, in­clud­ing 1.9 mil­lion peo­ple from 168 coun­tries. Although more data was avail­able for high-in­come than low-in­come coun­tries, the study group rep­re­sented 96% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. Each of the sur­veys asked par­tic­i­pants about how much phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity they did through work, house­hold tasks, trans­porta­tion and leisure time. Dur­ing the study pe­riod, high-in­come West­ern na­tions saw phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity rates in­crease from al­most 31% to al­most 37%, while rates re­mained sta­ble—around 16%—in low-in­come coun­tries. On the whole, the re­searchers also found that women get less ex­er­cise than men. Glob­ally, 25.5% of men did not meet phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­lines, com­pared to 31.5% of women. That dis­crep­ancy, the au­thors write, is likely re­lated to dif­fer­ing gen­der norms re­lated to work and re­cre­ation around the world, as well as safety and ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues in many coun­tries that pre­vent women from ex­er­cis­ing. Ex­er­cise is one of the best ways to im­prove health and longevity and pre­vent chronic dis­ease.

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