The World Health Organization names physical inactivity as one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable disease mortality. Those who are not sufficiently physically active run a risk of death some 20-30% higher than those who do enough exercise. In Singapore, according to the 2018 National Health Survey, over 39% of Singaporeans between the ages of 18 and 69 were physically inactive and the situation in Hong Kong, while more positive, still had almost 17% of adults in the inactive category as reported in the 2018/19 Health Behaviour Survey.
COVID will almost certainly have made these numbers worse, with working from home being the new standard, repeated lockdowns and gym closures.
How much exercise should you be getting?
As a ballpark each week, you should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise (something that gets you out of breath) or at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise. Add to this at least 2 days of weight training, and generally try not to be too sedentary for too long on any one occasion. If this seems like a huge amount of exercise then you are probably one of the majority who is not getting enough.
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