October 30, 2008

The cost of physical inactivity

This report measures the cost of physical inactivity in Australia, and explores the implications of inactivity to people’s health and the economy.

The World Health Organisation notes that our culture increasingly values cars, television, computers, and convenience, making physical activity a less natural part of our lives. Some communities are designed with housing far from schools, shopping or workplaces making walking or biking for transportation infeasible.

More and more employees have sedentary jobs decreasing the amount of activity incurred during daily routines. 21st century life is increasingly becoming busier, with time poor individuals finding it difficult to undertake sufficient exercise.

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