And only 12 percent of the 2,000 people surveyed know how much exercise the National Health Service (NHS) recommends. (It’s at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and two or more days of strength and conditioning a week.)
“Physical inactivity is society’s silent killer,” Steven Ward, CEO of UKActive, said in a statement. “And the best way to keep it at bay is to get up on our feet and enjoy the thrill of being active.” (If you need somewhere to start, try our muscle-building, fat-burning workouts from Metashred Extreme by Men’s Health.)
Obviously, this is a problem for a few reasons.
So much time being sedentary—64 percent of those polled spend at least six hours each day sitting—comes with some serious health risks, like high blood pressure(the leading cause of strokes), high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease (the leading cause of death for American adults).
Work is the biggest barrier to being more active, 20 percent of respondents said. But as we’ve reported in the past, it’s beneficial to break up that time throughout the day to avoid long periods of sitting or standing, so you get the movement necessary to stimulate your body and brain.
But there is some good news: more than 40 percent of 18 to 24 year-olds say Instagram has motivated them to be active since there are so many fitness accounts to follow that post workouts, tips, and inspiration. (We even rounded up 30 of them that you should follow.)
By: Danielle Zickl
Read more: 6 bad habits in the morning that are harmful to your health