An extra 15 minute daily walk could boost global economy

  • 8 months   ago
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A study of the impact of physical activity on economic performance by Vitaly Medical Insurance Group and the RAND Europe Research Center found that walking an extra quarter of an hour or running lightly a kilometer a day each day would boost productivity and increase life expectancy, ultimately leading to improved economic growth.

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 (WHO) guidelines on exercise, according to an analysis of the economic impact of activity.

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.


President of the RAND Europe Center Hans Bong said that the study highlighted a "strong relationship between immobility and shrinking productivity" and should give policymakers and employers "a new perspective on how to boost productivity."

Part of the RAND and Vitaly study is based on data from about 120,000 people from seven countries. The study envisaged the economic benefits of increased physical activity globally and in 23 individual countries.

The study found that if all workers between the ages of 18 and 64 exercised for an extra quarter of an hour a day, it could boost global economic production by about $ 100 billion on an annual basis.

WHO recommends that all adults exercise at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.