Designed To Move

As you know, incorporating physical activity into everyday life is a topic that I’m very passionate about, so I was excited to find Designed To Move” report, a recently published study spearheaded by NIKE, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education.

DESIGNED TO MOVE, ©Nike, Inc. (2012) DESIGNED TO MOVE: A Physical Activity Action Agenda.™

The report brings attention to the “inactivity crisis” the world is currently facing and highlights the economic and health implications of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. More importantly, the report presents a plan for getting the world moving again and includes detailed statistics about the benefits of physical activity and includes case studies about communities around the world that have implemented successful infrastructure to increase physical activity.

Since the study is quite long (you can download the full report here), I’ve compiled a few of the statistics that stuck out to me regarding the inactivity crisis.

Inactivity might seem relatively innocuous…but it’s a big problem.

How big?

Well, according to the study, the world’s physical activity is decreasing at an alarming rate. Over the past 44 years, physical activity in the U.S. declined by 32 percent.

DESIGNED TO MOVE, ©Nike, Inc. (2012) DESIGNED TO MOVE: A Physical Activity Action Agenda.™

Although inactivity has been viewed as an “American” issue, this pattern is occurring around the globe, especially in growing industrialized nations.

DESIGNED TO MOVE,  ©Nike, Inc. (2012) DESIGNED TO MOVE: A Physical Activity Action Agenda.™

DESIGNED TO MOVE, ©Nike, Inc. (2012) DESIGNED TO MOVE: A Physical Activity Action Agenda.™

This inactivity leads to a myriad of issues for individuals –

DESIGNED TO MOVE, ©Nike, Inc. (2012) DESIGNED TO MOVE: A Physical Activity Action Agenda.™

and economies-

DESIGNED TO MOVE, ©Nike, Inc. (2012) DESIGNED TO MOVE: A Physical Activity Action Agenda.™

So there’s the problem-stay tuned to find out solution proposed by Designed to Move.

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