Physical Inactivity

Physical Inactivity, including any body movement that uses energy, is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality . According tho WHO sufficient physical activity for adults means to be active at least 2.5 hours a week with moderate intensity or 1.25 hours per week with high-intensity. All activities which are performed for at least 10 minutes at a stretch are relevant whereas physical activity can also be measured in steps. At least 10,000 steps are consideret as enough to be physical active.

In 2008, 32% of adults worldwide were inactive.

About 3.2 million deaths per year are related to physical inactivity.

On average physical inactivity is more prevalent in women than men.


Sedentary lifestyles, both, at work and during leisure time do not promote physical activity.


Many diseases and death are linked with Inactivity.


The PHA is able to detect tha main sources of inactivity during the day and can provide suggestions for being more active.


Physical inactivity is caused by increased sedentary behaviour during occupational and leisure time. Environmental factors such as violence, high-density traffic, low air quality, pollution, lack of parks, sidewalks and sports facilities due to urbanization impair the participation in physical activity.


Inactivity is the main cause of breast (10%) and colon (15%) cancers, diabetes (16.7%) and of ischaemic heart disease (15%). 6% of deaths worldwide are attributed to physical inactivity.


The PHA helps to track problems which keep people from beeing active and suggest individualized solutions.