“Insufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable diseases, and has a negative effect on mental health and quality of life,” said the study of world exercise levels published Wednesday by The Lancet Global Health Journal.
In addition to the above articles, we did some digging around and found that there’s some interesting statistics in the 2014/15 Heart Foundation report on the level of physical activity in Australia.
According to the research close to a third of males aged 15 and over were sedentary, accounting for three million male Australians.
Thirty five per cent of females aged 15 and over were sedentary, accounting for over three million female Australians. The prevalence of sedentary behaviour increases with age.
But it’s not all bad news! Compared to 1995, there has been a decrease in Australians aged 15 and over having sedentary behaviour.
The Australian Government’s Institute of Health and Welfare suggest that 13% of physical inactivity burden could be reduced if everyone did an extra 15 minutes of brisk walking, 5 days/week.