One in four adults (1.4 billion people worldwide) do not meet the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week to benefit from the reduced risk of noncommunicable diseases and to improve their health and well-being. Globally, women are less active (32%) compared with men (23%) and inactivity declines in older age in most countries. Also, poorer people, people with disabilities and chronic diseases, marginalized populations, and indigenous people have fewer opportunities to be active. In Latin America and the Caribbean, physical activity increased from 33% to 39% between 2011 and 2016.
Meeting the recommended levels of physical activity, however, can often be achieved while performing normal, daily routines, otherwise known as active living. Active living may include recreational activities and sports, or it may even be as simple as moving around by bike, walking all the way to work or to the bus stop.