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Physical inactivity in the EU

Six out of ten Europeans participating in a Eurobarometer poll say they walked for at least ten minutes at a time on four or more days in the previous week. However, worryingly, 13 % of EU citizens did not even walk for 10 minutes on any given day within a week.
Worse still, on a typical day, over two-thirds (69 %) of respondents spend between 2.5 and 8.5 hours sitting, an increase of 5 % compared with 2002.
A lack of time is by far the main reason given for not practising sport more regularly (42 %).
Three-quarters of respondents (76 %) agree that in their local area there are opportunities to be physically active, and the majority of EU citizens (74 %) think that their local sports clubs offer them such opportunities.

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