Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Slothful World

No Flat Screen?
It's no surprise that many people aren't getting enough exercise. A recent report by the British medical journal, the Lancet, reported that nearly a third of adults (31 percent) are getting insufficient exercise. The study was able to pool data from 122 countries, covering 89 percent of the world's population.

Malta is the world's most slothful country, with 72 percent of adults getting too little exercise. Swaziland and Saudi Arabia follow close behind. There's good news for the USA. Despite our reputation as being couch potatoes, we are actually getting more exercise than many countries, including Britain, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Ireland, South Africa, Japan, Turkey, Brazil, and Italy. In contrast, Bangladesh is considered the most active country in the world where just five percent of adults are considered inactive. 

Myth or Reality: the Stereotypical American?
The report considers sufficient physical activity to be 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week, 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three days a week, or some combination of the two. It's tragic that so many people are unable to meet such a low threshold of activity. 

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