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18 July 2012
Lack of physical activity contributes to around 6–10% of four major non-communicable diseases worldwide, including coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to new estimates.
The new figures also show inactivity to be responsible for around 5.3 million of the 57 million deaths globally in 2008. This means lack of exercise has a comparable impact to cigarette smoking on global health.
Amy Thompson, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said: “The results of this study, though shocking, tell us what we already know. Being physically active can have huge benefits for your health.
“Adults should try and be active every day, and build up to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. Moderate intensity means any activity which causes you to become warm, increases your heart rate slightly and gets you breathing a little harder than normal.
“Choosing activities you enjoy will keep you motivated. If you’re looking for inspiration, the BHF have a wide range of events, which are a great way to get fit and have fun.”
Visit bhf.org.uk/events for more information.
This study was published in The Lancet.