A World Health Organisation report which estimates 1.4 billion people worldwide are not doing enough physical exercise. Interesting this figure has hardly improved in 17 years.
We have known for a considerable time that inactivity raises health problems such as heart disease, some cancers and type-2-diabetes.
Among the least active were high income countries which includes the UK. Women were found to be more sedentary throughout the world
Exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds
- At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week
- strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles
- break up long periods of sitting with light activity
Moderate aerobic activity: Walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills, doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, volleyball, basketball
Vigorous activity: Jogging or running, swimming fast, riding a bike fast or on hills, singles tennis, football, rugby, skipping rope, hockey, aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts
Muscle Strengthening exercise: lifting weights, working with resistance bands, doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups, heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling, yoga
Aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities: circuit training, aerobics, running, football, rugby, netball, hockey