A WorldHealth Organisation study tracking self-reported activity levels has found 30.4 per cent of Australian adults didn't reach the recommended level of physical activity for staying healthy in 2016. The global figure for insufficient exercise was 27.5 percent in 2016 compared with an estimated 23.3 percent in 2010.
India has the highest number of inactive adults in the South-Asia group which also included Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan. For the study, that was published in The Lancet Public Health, researchers took into account activity-related data from 358 surveys.
It was deduced that mostly in high-income countries like the United Kingdom and US, the percentage of inactive people has increased from 32 to 37 from 2001 to 2016.
Countries with the lowest rates of inactive adults include Jordan, Uganda and Finland.
This growing inactivity is of "grave concern", the American Heart Association said in a statement. That region registered 26% of adults with insufficient activity in 2001 yet just 17% in 2016.
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.
They investigated trends in inactivity worldwide from 2001 to 2016.
The Lancet, a British medical journal, ahead of World Obesity Day in October previous year, indicated the rise in obesity rates in low and middle income countries.
Although the worldwide problem of inactivity is clear, the solutions are less so. "Offering more opportunities for safe and accessible leisure-time activity to women in order to increase their overall levels of activity would therefore help close the gender gap and achieve the 2025 global physical activity target".
"It is prevalent in every country and has the same impact on chronic disease", said Thompson, who was not involved in the study.
The study's authors suggest that countries improve those tactics and provide environments that encourage physical activity. He noted that "public policy has not changed physical activity patterns".
The WHO has been looking at the amount of exercise people are doing around the world and has decided we're doing less and less. The sedentary lifestyle is killing people now more than ever. "Small changes in behavior, like parking your vehicle in the last row instead of the first row at the grocery store or climbing stairs instead of the elevator, are just two examples". In it, she said in certain parts of the world women face more environmental, social and cultural barriers to participate in physical activity.
More than 1.4 billion adults are putting themselves at heightened risk of deadly diseases by not getting enough exercise, doctors are warning, with global activity levels virtually unchanged in almost two decades.
With the release of the World Health Organization findings today, New Zealanders can use this timely opportunity to think about how to reintroduce regular physical activity back into their lives.