There is a warning that sedentary lifestyles could be slowly killing you.
A new report from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) states that 20 million Britons are physically inactive totaling 31% of the population. "Inactive" is defined as not achieving the government guidelines for physical activity of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and strength activities on at least two days a week.
The report identifies a north south divide across England with people in the north-west the most inactive 47%, compared to the south east, the most active region, totaling 34%.
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The male versus female findings, show that each
year men spent a fifth of their time or 78 days inactive (sitting down) why
females spent 74 days.
More than 5 million deaths worldwide are attributed to physical inactivity. In the UK alone it causes one in ten premature deaths from coronary heart disease, and one in six deaths overall. Evidence shows keeping physically active can reduce the risk of heart and circulatory disease by as much as 35% and risk of early death by as much as 30%.
Dr Mike Knapton, BHF Associate Medical Director, said: “Physical inactivity is one of the most significant global health crises of the moment. Levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in the UK remain stubbornly high, and combined these two risk factors present a substantial threat to our cardiovascular health and risk of early death”.
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