Toronto (CNW) – ParticipACTION today released the first-ever Report Card on Physical Activity for Adults, giving adults living in Canada a “D” for overall physical activity. Even though 8 in 10 adults (83 per cent) think physical inactivity is a serious health issue, only 16 per cent meet the national guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each week. The concern for adults spending too much screen time and not enough exercise, was noted.
The Report Card shows 29 per cent of adults in Canada fall within the low active lifestyle category and adults 18 to 79 years old are sedentary for almost 10 hours per day. Sedentary time increases with age and older adults (65+) are spending the most time inactive. This is of major concern since physical inactivity can lead to increased risk of chronic diseases, cognitive decline, slips and falls and social isolation among older adults.
Visit ParticipACTION.com to see the full Adult Report Card.