One in three adults are lacking exercise, says study
Updated: Jan 30, 2019
More than 1.4bn adults globally are not meeting physical activity targets, according to the WHO.
More than a third of adults in Europe are not getting enough exercise, according to new research.
Four in ten women spend too much time sitting at work or at home compared to just under one in three men, it is claimed.
The results were revealed in a study by the World Health Organisation, which estimates global physical activity trends over time.
It found more than 1.4bn adults globally - a fifth of the population - are not getting enough exercise, increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancer.
The lack of exercise is more than twice as high in well off countries like in Europe and has risen by five per cent in 15 years. The recommended level of physical activity to stay healthy is at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, every week. The study published in The Lancet Global Health included 1.9 million participants across 168 countries.
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