Among developed nations, it ranked the United States 143rd on the list, the United Kingdom 123rd while Australia came in at 97th, with the higher numbers indicating a more inactive population.
The report's findings suggest that there has been an increase of 5 per cent in the prevalence of insufficient activity in high-income countries, from 32 per cent in 2001 to 37 per cent in 2016. One in three women and one in four men do not take enough exercise or move about enough, too often sitting at desks all day at work, in front of the TV in the evening and travelling by auto.
In total, some 1.4 billion - or 28% of the world's adult population - were insufficiently active in 2016. As of 2016, about one in three women and one in four men across the world failed to meet recommended physical activity targets for maintaining their health, or at least 150 minutes of mild exercise or 75 minutes of strenuous activity each week.
Women were less active than men, with an over 8% difference at the global level (32% men vs 23%, women). More than half of all adults there were not active enough to protect their health.
"We need action to reverse decades of decline in the nations level of physical activity".
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Only six per cent of adults in Uganda and Mozambique were insufficiently active - the lowest levels of all countries.
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. Each of the surveys asked participants about how much physical activity they did through work, household tasks, transportation and leisure time. Additionally, physical activity has positive effects on mental health, delays the onset of dementia, and can help the maintenance of a healthy weight.' This clearly indicates that a lack of physical exercise can put you at the risk of all the health conditions mentioned above.
"Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases". The region with the greatest improvement in activity was east and southeast Asia, from 26 percent inactive to 17 percent, attributed to increased physical activity in China, the region's most populated country. World Obesity Federation's data showed that five per cent of Indian adults will be obese by 2025. As a next step the researchers would work on assessing the levels of activities among the children and youth.
"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".
"Technological advancement has made our life more convenient but also less active".