- Inactivity as not doing five 30-minute sessions of moderate activity, three 20-minute sessions of vigorous activity, or 600 metabolic equivalent minutes per week.
- About a third of people across the world do not meet the minimum activity recommendations (which is generally about 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week).
- Experts estimate that 5.3 million deaths worldwide are the result of inactivity, which is about the same number attributed to tobacco use, making the situation seem even more grave. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of deaths due to non-communicable diseases worldwide.
- Advances designed to make our lives easier and more enjoyable have made us less mobile. Not only do they contribute to the inactivity pandemic, but they may have the grimmer effect of shortening our lives.
- Getting just 1.5 hours per week can extend lifespan by three years.
- “Our environment has changed in terms of where we live. We drive a lot more, people spend more time in leisure-based activities, like watching television, and we also have more sedentary jobs.”