How much exercise do you do in a week?

Around 28 % of the European Union (EU) population aged 16 or over did not do any exercise outside working time in 2017, in contrast with the rest of the EU population, who undertook some form of sports, fitness or recreational activities in their leisure time.

In a typical week, just over one quarter (27 %) of the EU population exercised for up to 3 hours, 17 % for between 3 and 5 hours and 28 % for 5 hours or more.

Source: How much exercise do you do in a week? – Product – Eurostat

Parent and child exercise: the importance of exercising as a new parent

The pressure of becoming a parent can be quite daunting and having a brand-new little bundle of joy can take a toll on physical heath, making parent and child exercise vital.

Having a child can very quickly take up almost all of your time, energy and love. It’s completely understandable that exercising, amongst other things, will always take a backseat as you begin to experience the life of parenthood, but you may be surprised to hear there are a fantastic range of benefits to gentle exercise as a new parent. Children’s retailer, Kiddies Kingdom outline the many positive outcomes of parent and child exercise.

Research suggests that some of the lowest rates of physical activity demographically can be found in women with young children, and whilst it’s entirely understandable that the exhaustion of everyday life can take over as a new parent, it’s key to avoid these habits continuing past the point of recovery to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

To read more about this, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/parent-and-child-exercise/92058/

New Eurobarometer on sport and physical activity

A new report shows that levels of participation have not changed substantially since the previous Eurobarometer survey in 2014. In fact, the proportion of those who say they never exercise or play sport has slightly increased from 42% to 46% Europe-wide, and this is a continuation of a gradual trend since 2009.

Measures taken to increase physical activity, since the last Eurobarometer in 2014, are likely to take a few years to produce tangible effects and change people’s behaviour, especially since a lot of the effort is focused on young people.

To read the report in full on the European Commission website go to: New Eurobarometer on sport and physical activity – European Commission

Development of a draft global action plan to promote physical activity

Further to the decision of the 140th session of the Executive Board to request the WHO Director-General to develop a draft global action plan to promote physical activity, the WHO Secretariat is hosting an open web-based consultation on a first draft from 1 August 2017 to 22 September 2017.

Physical inactivity is one of the leading behavioural risk factors for the leading causes of NCDs, namely heart disease, stroke, breast and colon cancers and diabetes. Conversely, regular physical activity is associated with improved well-being, as well as enhanced social and mental health. However, inactivity is on the rise in many countries, and globally one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents, do not meet the global recommendations.

Read the Draft WHO global action plan on physical activity 2018 – 2030 on the who.int website.