Over 35% in India low on physical activity

Globally 27 per cent of people do not take enough exercise compared with 36 per cent in Britain

Researchers found little progress in improving physical activity levels between 2001 and 2016 despite a World Health Organization goal of a 10 percent reduction by 2025.

Countries with the worst physical activity record included Kuwait, American Samoa, a USA territory in the South Pacific, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. About 40 percent of adults in the US and 36 percent in the United Kingdom don't meet the minimum requirement for exercise.

Yet among the global population, one in three women (32 percent) and one in four men (23 percent) fail to meet these requirements. In poorer countries, people tend to be more active at work and for transport.

Britons are among the laziest citizens in western Europe, with a third of adults failing to walk for 20 minutes a day, a global study has revealed.

Adjunct Associate Professor Benedict Tan, who is chairman of Exercise Is Medicine Singapore - a movement to make exercise part of healthcare - said that there are various barriers that stop sedentary adults from becoming physically active.

While Irish women had up to 40% (between 30-39%) of insufficient physical activity that same year.

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

Additionally, it reports that insufficient activity has increased in high-income countries since 2001.

From 2001-2016, substantial changes in insufficient physical activity levels were recorded in multiple regions.

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Globally 27 per cent of people do not take enough exercise, compared with 36 per cent in Britain.

Countries driving the upwards trend included Germany, New Zealand and the US. The plan is a road map for the actions needed by all countries to reduce insufficient physical activity in adults and adolescents.

Where prevalence was higher than 50%. In comparison, there has been an average rise of just 0.2% amongst low-income countries (16.0% to 16.2%).

In lower-income countries people are more likely to be active in their jobs and walk or use public transport.

Researchers found there had been no improvement in physical activity levels since 2001, despite numerous public health initiatives extolling the benefits of exercise.

"Although a recent NCD policy survey showed that nearly three quarters of countries report having a policy or action plan to tackle physical inactivity, few have been implemented to have national impact".

"WHO admits that the current strategies are not working and that new tactics are needed to improve increasing physical activity in all countries", added Thompson, who is also a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Check out this article on the recommended daily activity.

The results suggested "that improving sidewalks was not sufficient to increase physical activity among those who are inactive, whereas for those who are already active, living near improved sidewalks was associated with increases in reported leisure-time and walking activity".

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