10 facts on physical activity

A lack of physical activity is a significant risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Less and less physical activity is occurring in many countries – globally, 23% of adults and 81% school-going adolescents are not active enough.

WHO have identified 10 facts about physical activity, including:

  • it reduces the risk of disease
  • it helps maintain a healthy body
  • it’s not the same as sport
  • 60 minutes a day for 5-17 year olds
  • 150 minutes a week for 18-64 year olds
  • Some physical activity is better than none

To see the full list and associated images on physical activity on the who.int website