Physical leisure activity

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.

Results (overview): Physical activity


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