'41% of adults' underestimate exercise levels needed to stay fit

At least two in five adults do not understand the amount of exercise needed to keep fit, a poll has found. Sustainable transport charity Sustrans found 41% were not aware they needed 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity to keep fit.

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Exercise levels set to drop '35% by 2020', says charity

The amount of exercise adults take part in every week could drop by a further 35% by the end of the decade if current trends continue, a charity has warned.

Health director for sustainable transport charity Sustrans, Philip Insall warned adults needed to buck the trend in order to avoid health risks like diabetes.

From 1961 to 2005, levels of physical activity in the UK dropped by 20% and if current trends continue, will reduce by more than 35% by 2030.

As a direct result, obesity, diabetes and many more health disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Getting a healthy amount of physical activity doesn't have to mean slogging away in the gym - it can be achieved by building activity into your daily routine by choosing to walk or cycle your everyday journeys.

– Health Director Philip Insall

41% 'underestimate' exercise level needed to keep fit

Two in five adults are not getting enough exercise to stay healthy as they underestimate the amount needed to keep fit, new data has shown.

Adults need to clock up at least 150 minutes of moderate cardio exercise every week to stay healthy. Credit: PA

Adults under 65 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, such as cycling or swimming, every week, according to sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

Activities to strengthen muscles, like yoga, should also be practiced twice-a-week in order to stay fit.

Of the 2,000 people quizzed as part of the poll, women emerged as more aware of the health benefits of a robust exercise regime.

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