In previous posts we have discussed the effects of too much sitting (Sitting is the Enemy) and some possible ways to combat this growing pandemic (8 Easy Tips to be Healthier at Your Desk Job, Yoga Poses to Combat the Ill Effects of Sitting, 10 Ways to Sneak Exercise into your Daily Routine), but now it is time to look at the rather staggering numbers.
The global population is currently 7.3 Billion. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 4 adults worldwide is not active enough. This means that 1.8 billion people are not meeting the minimum for physical activity in their lives.
What do we mean when we say physical activity? The WHO defines it as “any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure – including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and engaging in recreational pursuits.” By their standard, adults should have at the bare minimum 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, while children and adolescents need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity activity daily.