A new study found that physical inactivity could be as deadly as smoking.
The research published in the British publication The Lancet showed that one-third of adults are inactive. Researchers said that this attributes to as much as 5.3 million deaths a year.
Study authors believe that the problem should be treated as a serious pandemic. They also feel that the current focus on physical activity is centered more on the benefits of being active rather than the dangers of inactivity.
In battling this disease, researchers believe government agencies should develop programs to make activity more convenient, affordable and safe.
Experts recommend that adults complete 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week such as brisk walking, cycling, or house cleaning.
Results also found that people who have higher incomes are least likely to remain physically active. The UK rated the worst in inactivity with two-thirds of adults admitting they did not exercise.
This year’s Olympic games inspired The Lancet study.