A recent report discovered people were way more sedentary than we would think. In fact, they spend more time sitting on the toilet than performing any physical exercise. The report revealed a total of three hours and nine minutes on the toilet, and only an hour and a half of physical exercise.
People spend more time sitting down than performing physical exercise
The report in question was developed after questioning a number of 2,004 adults. It revealed only one person in ten was aware of the guidelines regarding daily physical activity. These guidelines say they should spend around two hours per week performing physical exercise. Instead, they are only active 30 minutes per week.
Even if they are active or not, 64 percent of people still spend around six hours sitting down, while commuting, working, or even when going to the toilet. Also, 64 percent of young people spend three days only to relax, and older people reported doing the same. When asked why they don’t spend more time being active, they blamed work and, sometimes, being busy with the family.
Social media promotes physical activity
Nowadays, people are encouraged to be as active as possible, and physical activity is promoted as the best life choice. People aged between 18 and 24 declared social media was one of the main factors which convinced them to start exercising more. Instagram is the main platform which promotes physical activity, which is closely followed by Facebook.
This is a great thing to happen, since inactivity has a lot of consequences on people’s health. No matter how much time they spend performing physical exercise, they can significantly reduce the cardiovascular risk, the risk of cancer and of diabetes.
Also, not only younger people should engage in physical exercise. This is one of the best way for a person to maintain their health, to ward off illnesses, and to live longer.
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