Millions of people worldwide are not exercising enough and this has devastating consequences: In the ten-year period from 2020 to 2030, almost 500 million people worldwide are likely to develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression and dementia, among other things, as a result of a lack of exercise, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). Germany therefore has a lot of catching up to do.
The WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week for adults to prevent disease. 27.5 percent of the world's population does not achieve this. In high-income countries, the problem is about 36.8 percent, twice as big as in low-income countries (16.2 percent).
Worse than other rich countries
In order to keep physically fit, it is not necessary to do sporting activities such as jogging or fitness classes in associations or clubs, emphasizes the WHO. Cycling and brisk walking also contribute to fitness. In some countries there are cultural barriers that prevent women from exercising outdoors. But you can also keep fit in your own four walls, for example by climbing stairs, playing with children or doing housework, and, as the corona pandemic has shown, also with fitness offers via video.
High costs due to lack of fitness
The treatment of the 500 million people who are likely to become ill due to a lack of exercise costs the world a total of 27 billion dollars (27.5 billion euros), reported Fiona Bull, head of the WHO department for physical activity, in Geneva.
Instead, 100 million doctors could be trained with the money.