Almost 40% of South Africans risk deadly disease from lack of exercise

Four in ten British women do not do enough exercise a week according to the World Health Organisation who recommend adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week

Four in ten British women do not do enough exercise a week according to the World Health Organisation who recommend adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week

There has been little progress in improving physical activity levels during that 15-year period, with data projecting that if these trends continue, the 2025 global activity target of a 10 per cent relative reduction in insufficient physical activity, would not be met.

It was deduced that mostly in high-income countries like the United Kingdom and U.S., the percentage of inactive people has increased from 32 to 37 from 2001 to 2016.

High-income Western countries are particularly inactive, perhaps because of a trend towards more sedentary jobs and pastimes, and a higher reliance on vehicles to get around. In low-income countries, the percentage of physically inactive people was 16 percent, compared to 26 percent for middle-income nations and 37 percent for high-income countries.

A consistent gender gap in physical activity was found around the globe in 2016, excluding east and southeast Asia. This includes SA where 47.3% of women don't do enough exercise compared to 28.5% of men.

Adults aged 18-64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.

Australia has ranked 97th out 168 countries based on how many adults get a sufficient about of exercise.

Not getting enough exercise is a global problem.

However, changing physical characteristics of a community may not be enough: Gregory Knell, a researcher at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas, recently published a study on whether improving sidewalks might lead to more physical activity. But working out is one of the most effective ways to transform your physical and mental health.

The activity level has remained unchanged globally in almost two decades.

Eliminating inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets, study co-author Fiona Bull said.

More than a billion adults around the world are at risk of serious disease through lack of exercise, a study has shown.

The high inactivity in wealthier countries can be explained with the fact that many people lead increasingly stationary lives, in which occupations and recreational activities have become more sedentary, transport has become motorized, and the general use of technology has risen.

Adults aren't exercising as much as they should.

"This study shows that the message about the importance of physical activity still isn't getting through to many Australians, and there is much room for improvement", said the Heart Foundation's spokesperson on physical activity, Adjunct Professor Trevor Shilton, in a comment. Publication of levels of participation in children and young people are forthcoming. In high-income regions inactivity levels even increased by five percent.

"We need to turn this around and make physical activity as part of your daily life the easiest, most convenient approach", Knell said.