Scientists at universities in Cambridge and Edinburgh called physical activity the main way to prevent premature death. Around the world, exercises save the lives of about four million people each year. This was reported in an article published in the journal The Lancet Global Health.
The researchers analyzed data on people from 168 countries who adhere to the World Health Organization (WHO) Council, which provides 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise for a week or 75 minutes of active intensity. The percentage of people following the recommendation varied significantly between countries and ranged from 33 percent (Kuwait) to 94 percent (Mozambique).
It turned out that physical activity allows you to live long and reduces the number of premature deaths by 15 percent, which corresponds to 3.9 million lives saved. Moreover, in low-income countries this decrease was greater (by 18 percent) than for Western countries (by 14 percent). In the US, 140,200 deaths were prevented annually, and in the UK, 26,600. An estimated 3.2 million people die every year due to lack of physical activity.