The very fact that physical health is directly related to the overall health of a person would make us realise that we should move towards being fit. There is an important need to stay active. Do we really work towards it? A new study seems to have an answer for India.
According to a report released by HealthifyMe, 45% of Indian women and 37% of Indian men were ‘inactive’ in 2019, burning less than 50% of their calorie in a day. Interestingly, 42% men were ‘active’, burning more than 80 % of their calorie burn budget while 21% were ‘mildly active’, having burnt between 50% to 80% of their calorie burn budget. When it comes to women, only 33% were ‘active’ and 22% ‘mildly active’. For those who don’t know what calorie budget is, it is the number of calories that a person should burn through physical activity, daily.
The average calorie burn budget of Indian men is 476 calories per day vs. women’s 374 calories per day, out of which men burn 89% (424) while women burn just 76% (284). When it comes to age groups, unexpectedly, those between 20 to 30 years of age are more lazy (41%) than those in their 30s (38%) and 40s (37%). Activity levels further went miserably low amongst people in their 50s with 48% people remaining inactive. Males on an average burnt more than females.
In a city-wise break-up, the statement came up as, Bangalore, Ghaziabad, Delhi and Mumbai are the fittest while Kolkata is the least active city. Also Tier 1 cities are more active than Tier 2 cities.
Sunday is the unhealthiest day while Friday is the most energetic day. City wise analysis Bangalore has taken the pole position as the fittest city having burnt upwards of 310 calories/day closely followed by Ghaziabad that burnt 304 calories/ day. The top 5 fittest cities including Bangalore, Ghaziabad, Pune, Mumbai, and Dehradun burnt 302 calories per day on an average. Kolkata, on the other hand is at the bottom of the list, having burnt just 267 calories/day.
The top unhealthiest foods across India’s metros were Parantha, Suji Rusk, Boondi Raita, Samosa for Delhi, Vada Pav, Parantha, Medu Vada for Mumbai, Vada, Masala Dosa, Ghee, Puri in Bengaluru, Samosa, Vada in Chennai, Biscuit, White Bread, Parantha, Samosa in Kolkata.
Walking and running were the exercises of choice across age groups. Other top activities included indoor workout like treadmill, planks, bicycling, push-ups and yoga asanas like Surya Namaskar. Standing Torso Twist/Spinal Rotation and Skiing were some of the exercises that helped people burn as much as 6000 calories in a day! Apart from typical workouts, 2019 was also a year of experimentations. Some of the exceptional workouts that Indians tried this year were towel push-ups, canoeing, rowing, sculling and Pilates.