The Impact of Inactivity

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Just like the coming of a new year, the motivation to get fit is on the rise. With the passing of the 2012 Olympic Games, sports and physical activity has gained a substantial amount of attention, something that is crucial for health and well-being worldwide.  A new study has shown that a lack of exercise is responsible for as many deaths a year as smoking – about 5.3m.

According to the report, one in three adults do not get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week and an overwhelming four out of five 13-15 year olds don’t get the recommended 60 minutes of activity every day, globally.  Researchers who contributed to the study suggest the problem should now be treated as a pandemic.  Physical inactivity increases the risk of numerous adverse health conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and colon and breast cancer. The goal now is no longer to stress the benefits of exercise but to show the harm caused by inactivity – working physical activity into daily life is critical.

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