In the study, the results of which were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it was determined that the probability of dementia increased by 8.1 percent and the risk of hypertension increased by 1.6 percent in people who did not exercise enough.
In the study, it was also observed that inactivity increases in direct proportion to the level of welfare in a country. Peter Katzmarzyk, the leader of the research team, said that the relationship between well-being and inactivity may be linked to the opportunities available to people.
Fiona Bull, head of the physical activity unit of the World Health Organization (WHO), stated that people are more inclined to use public transport instead of cycling or walking.
Bull pointed out that authorities should build suitable areas for people to walk and cycle.