Nearly a third of Australians are not getting enough exercise, according to new global research.
A study by the World Health Organization that tracks self-reported activity levels has found that 30.4 percent of Australian adults did not reach the recommended level of physical activity to stay healthy in 2016.
Australia ranked 97th among the 168 countries that participated in the study because of the number of people who were sufficiently active.
Australia is ranked 97 in a list of 168 countries by the number of citizens active enough
The study also found that Australian women were worse than men when it comes to exercise
About a third of Australian women do not get enough exercise compared to 27 percent of men.
People living in the UK were embarrassed by the study, which found that a third of adults could not walk for only 20 minutes a day.
The CEO of the charity & # 39; ukactive & # 39; Steven Ward said the damning statistics should be viewed as a national disgrace.
"Inactivity is the cause of 20,000 premature deaths in the United Kingdom every year," he said, according to The Australian.
An amazing 30.4% does not reach enough levels of exercise for good health
With less than stellar results for the United Kingdom, it was Cyprus, Portugal, Germany and Italy that took the crown of the most lazy countries in Europe.
THE LAZIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
Kuwait – 67%
United States: 40%
United Kingdom: 35.9%
(The percentages refer to the amount of population that does not reach the recommended daily exercise levels)
More than 40 percent of its citizens could not walk two and a half hours or one and a half hours of more vigorous exercise, such as running a week.
The most lazy country in the world went to Kuwait, where 67% of men and 75% of women did not do any kind of exercise.
Regina Guthold, who led the study, told 9News: "Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide on average and more than a quarter of adults are not catching up. recommended levels of physical activity for good health, & # 39;
"Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health." she said.
The research found that 27 percent of people do not get enough exercise.
Uganda entered as the most prone to sweating, with only 5.5% without enough exercise.
According to the same research, 33.6 percent of women do not get enough exercise compared to 27 percent of men.