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WHO report reveals world’s fittest country

18/09/2018

WHO report reveals world’s fittest country

What’s the fittest country in the world? Would you have any idea if you were asked? Even hazard a guess? Hint: It’s a country in Africa.


According to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report, Uganda is the world’s most physically active country. Published in the medical journal The Lancet, the study findings are from a compilation of surveys completed in 168 countries.


Just 5.5% of Ugandans do not do enough physical activity. People living in Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania and Togo are also getting plenty of exercise, too. In comparison, people living in Kuwait (the least active nation) have far more sedentary lifestyles, with 67% of the population not active enough.


The report highlights a distinct divide between the levels of physical activity in poorer countries vs. wealthier countries. People in poorer nations are more likely to walk to work and/or have jobs that see them being physically active throughout the day.


Recommended exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds


Here’s what the UK’s NHS recommends:



  • At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as cycling or brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (such as running or a game of tennis) every week

  • Strength exercises that work all the major muscles at least two days per week

  • Long periods of sitting should be broken up with light activity


Are you getting enough physical activity? Could a small lifestyle change enable you to?


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