UK lagging behind Europe in health as 44 per cent of us do no moderate exercise

Only 10 per cent of us regularly engage in sport and exercise

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The Independent Online

Statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have shown that the UK is lagging behind Europe as 44 per cent of us do no moderate exercise.

Moderate exercise:

The UK is ranked 16th compared to the other 27 EU countries, such as Netherlands where as few as 14 per cent do no brisk exercise, and Denmark and Finland, where the proportion is 23 per cent.

Regular sport:

On the positive side, the UK is above average for the amount of people regularly exercising or playing sport.

The UK placed 12th for regular physical exercise with 10 per cent of us engaging in the activity frequently.

Sedentary behaviour:

The UK was 10th for the worst sedentary behaviour, with 13 per cent of the UK sat on their rear for over eight and a half hours a day.

The BHF has advised that inactivity is contributing to more people suffering from coronary heart disease, costing the UK an estimated £542 million a year. The total cost of physical inactivity is now estimated to be greater than £900 million a year.

Catherine Kelly, Director of Prevention, Survival and Support at the BHF, said: “Today’s figures are a worrying indication of the overall picture of our nation’s heart health. Alongside funding research in to improving outcomes for heart patients, we need to create environments that make it easier for people to better understand and cut their risk of heart disease.

“BHF research has shown that even making small, more active changes to your daily routine can improve your heart health. With the warmer nights and lighter evenings, the summer is the perfect opportunity for people to start to make these changes.”