Health Statistics: Fitness

  • Recommended exercise per week:
    • Aerobic exercise: 30 minutes, 5 times / week
    • Strength: 2 times / week
  • Inactive people: Percent of adults, adolescents, and kids who obtain 30 minutes of physical activity per day:
    • U.S.
      • Elementary school children: 50%
      • Adolescents: 10%
      • Adults: 5%
    • Worldwide: 40%
  • Amount of moderate to high-intensity exercise adults typically engage in per day: 6 to 9 minutes.

  • Standing uses 50 calories more / hour compared to sitting
  • Life expectancy reduction due to sitting more than 3 hours / day: 2 years (can’t be offset by regular exercise).
  • Lack of physical inactivity:
    • 4th leading cause of morality.
    • Contributes to 3 to 5 million deaths worldwide (6% to 9%) each year.
    • Risk factors for mortality:
      1. High blood pressure
      2. Tobacco use
      3. High blood sugar
      4. Lack of physical activity
      5. Overweight and obesity

http://www.who.int/healthinfo/global_burden_disease/GlobalHealthRisks_report_full.pdf

  • % time people spend indoors: 90%
  • Even smaller amounts of regular exercise are effective.  Exercising 2-1/2 hours a week per week can reduce risk of death by 20%.

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