An extra 15 minute daily walk could boost global economy:study


The world economy could be boosted by as much as $100 billion a year if employers successfully encouraged their staff to meet World Health Organization guidelines on exercise, according to an analysis of the economic impact of activity.

Adding an extra 15 minutes of daily walking, or jogging a steady one kilometer each day, would improve productivity and extend life expectancy - leading to more economic growth, the study by the health insurance group Vitality and the think tank RAND Europe found.

The economic boost would come from lower mortality rates - in other words keeping more people alive, working and contributing to the economy for longer, the study's authors said, and from employees taking fewer days off sick.

Hans Pung, RAND Europe's president, said the study highlighted "a significant relationship between inactivity and productivity loss" and should give policymakers and employers"new perspectives on how to enhance the productivity of their populations".

The WHO recommends that all adults should take at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, a week. In a study last year it found that around 40 percent of adults in the United States, 36 percent in Britain and 14 percent in China did too little exercise to stay healthy.

The RAND/Vitality study was based in part on data from about 120,000 people across seven countries. It then modelled and projected the potential economic benefits of increased physical activity globally and for 23 individual countries.

It found that if all adults aged between 18 and 64 walked 15 more minutes a day, it could increase world economic output by some $100 billion (£77 billion) year on year.

It also found that physically inactive 40-year-olds could increase their life expectancy, on average, by 3.2 years, by introducing 20 minutes of jogging a day.

© (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2019.

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The e scooters have caused major accidents and deaths in cities like London that they have now been banned on public roads

its because the cities were never designed for bikes or ebikes. in future city planning, if dedicated roads and paths, not bike lanes, were designed into the planning, it would make for a great day

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Why the hell do they always tie this stuff to the economy, why cant people just shape up for themselves or how about so we can take longer holidays instead of working more!!

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e scooters have caused major accidents and deaths in cities 

Wow - wait until you hear about cars.

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The e scooters have caused major accidents and deaths in cities like London that they have now been banned on public roads. The hoover boards too. I think they are also banned here in Japan. I have seen rice farmers using the hoover boards but not on public roads.

Many roads are impossible to add bike lanes except for the wide ones. Electric bike are very popular especially with the young mothers with children.

Better to embark one stop early and then walk the last kilometer. Also use stairs in work places.

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Actually if Tokyo would add ebike and bike routes with green atmosphere, it would create a new micro economy and people would be more cheery and productive. The train lines hotels etc are all in cahoots and people suffer before they even arrive at work. Not much imagination going on with the Japanese in this regard.

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