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Cheated healthily: Many people who don't exercise consider themselves fit and healthy


How much exercise do people need?

A large German health check showed that 92 percent of the participants believe that they are exercising enough. In fact, this was only the case for 40 percent of the respondents. More than one in two (52 percent) therefore has the wrong assumption that they exercise enough to stay healthy and fit.

The German Stroke Aid Foundation recently evaluated the data from over 2,000 health tricks that it carried out in 2018. It was found that 60 percent of the people examined did not move enough in the average age of 50. What was striking, however, was that a large part of the people in motion put on more movement than is actually the case.

A miracle of movement in the imagination

Hardly any force is stronger than the imagination. It turns couch potatoes and office stallions into athletes without people having to bend their fingers. Unfortunately, this apparently effective mind game only works in your own mind. Nevertheless, the false self-assessment of 52 percent of those examined is used to cheat themselves healthier than they actually are. A self-deception to protect against lifestyle changes?

Imagination is also a formation

These astounding figures come from an analysis of 2,081 health checks by the German Stroke Aid. Among the people who thought they were fit and healthy were also people with high blood pressure and overweight. Only 40 percent fulfilled the World Health Organization's recommendation of at least 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity per week. This minimum requirement is considered effective prevention against heart disease protection.

WHO recommendation is too deep

"And from our point of view, the 2.5 hours are already too deep," emphasizes sports scientist Klaus Clasing in a press release on the test evaluation. He carries out health checks in companies and organizations on behalf of the German Stroke Aid Foundation and advises the participants. Many people are amazed that many movements of everyday life, such as housework, are not included in this movement balance.

Education needs to be clarified

The sports scientist blames a lack of health knowledge for the frequent lack of exercise and the blatant deviation from self-assessment and reality. "This is clear evidence that we are still far from going as far as we think in terms of health education in Germany," concludes Clasing. (vb)

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