Worldwide, it is estimated that physical inactivity causes:
- 6% of the global burden of disease from coronary heart disease;
- 7% of Type II Diabetes; and
- 10% of breast and colon cancer cases.
Inactivity also causes 9% of premature mortality, or more than 5.3 million of the 57 million deaths that occurred worldwide in 2008. On the other hand, regular physical activity:
- reduces mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer;
- reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease;
- lowers the risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer-specific specific mortality in adults with higher levels of muscle strength; and
- leads to higher academic performance in children and adults.
Despite these health concerns of being physically inactive:
- More than half of U.S. adults (56%) do not meet the recommendations for sufficient physical activity set forth by the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,
- U.S. adolescents and adults spend almost eight hours a day in sedentary behaviors, and
- As much as 36% of adults engaged in no leisure-time PA at all.
For more information on the powerful health benefits of physical activity, please explore the evidence presented in our Resource Section.