Lack of physical activity can lead to problems like heart disease and diabetes: WHO

A recent study reported that nearly one-third of adults worldwide do not engage in enough physical activity, increasing global health risks.

According to research by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other experts, in 2022 more than 31% of adults, that is 1.8 billion people, will fail to meet the recommended exercise levels, up five percentage points from 2010.

World Health Organisation experts have warned that physical inactivity is a hidden threat to global health, significantly contributing to the spread of chronic diseases.

To maintain good health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends adults engage in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity – such as walking, cycling or doing household chores – or at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise such as running or playing competitive sport.

The organization emphasizes that insufficient exercise increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and mental health problems.

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