The figures stated below refer to the “Austrian health interview survey 2014“.
Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure – including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and engaging in recreational pursuits. In the last decade a comprehensive concept of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) has been established, which besides leisure-related physical activities also includes daily physical activity related to occupational and household work as well as a means of transport. Specific encouragement of physical activity enables the prevention of illness and discomfort at every age.
14% of the Austrian population aged 15 and over were found not to perform any work-related physical activities. Women were affected slightly more frequently than men (16% vs. 12%). About the same number of men (42%) and women (39%) performed lightly exhausting physical activities. 42% of women and 34% of men executed moderately exhausting physical activities (including domestic work and childcare). Predominantly severely exhausting physical activities were done by 13% of men, but only 2% of women.
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