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Thursday, August 01, 2013

UK Study finds that most adults son't exercise enough...

In a study done by the University of Bristol on the exercise patterns for more than a million people in England, it was found that most adults don't exercise enough. The UK government recommends people take moderate exercise at least 12 times in every four-week period and 80% of adults failed to achieve this.

The key findings were...
1) 8% of adults who were physically able to walk had not walked for even five minutes continuously during a four-week period
2) 46% had not walked for leisure for more than 30 minutes continuously.
3) 88% had not been swimming
4) 90% had not used a gym
5) 20% of people over the age of 16 had done only minimal amounts of physical activity.
6) Better-off and better-educated adults were most likely to exercise, while the poorer and least educated were most likely to be inactive.

The NHS in the UK recommends people exercise at moderate intensity for at least two and a half hours every week. This can include cycling, running, jogging, fast walking and hiking. Experts also recommend muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week to work major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

The World Health Organisation estimates physical inactivity causes 1.9 million deaths a year worldwide. This includes 10% to 16% of breast cancer, colon cases and diabetes cases and about 22% of coronary heart disease cases.

Source...University of Bristol

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