TK movement study: Germans are clearly not moving enough

TK movement study: Germans are clearly not moving enough

"Get moving, Germany!": Population is divided into two - active and sporty
Hardly a health professional forgets to mention how important regular exercise is to avoid illness. Exercise can also help you lose weight. And it's fun. Nevertheless, apparently many people cannot pull themselves together. According to a new study, half of the German population is active in sports, the other, however, describes itself as a sporty person.

There is a rift through the republic
Those who exercise regularly help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure or heart attack. In addition, athletes are less likely to suffer from overweight or obesity. Furthermore, scientists have recently reported that sport drives away the constant hunger and can thus help you lose weight. Despite the many advantages that regular exercise brings, apparently not everyone can be equally enthusiastic about it. As the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) reports in a press release, a rift is going through the republic, which divides the country into the middle in motion and unmoved.

"Get moving, Germany!"
This is the result of the study “Move yourself, Germany!” 2016, which the TK has now presented. Half of the people in Germany are therefore active in sport - with varying degrees of intensity, the other, on the other hand, describe themselves as sporty people or anti-athletes. According to the experts, people who are not enthusiastic about sports move less in everyday life, even make short journeys by car, take the elevator instead of the stairs and go less outdoors. The CEO of TK, Dr. Jens Baas explained: “Thanks to digitization, we can save many ways. But this also means that the radius of action of many people is getting smaller and smaller. More than one in three moves less than half an hour in everyday life. Another third stays under an hour. That is definitely not enough. "

Many almost always work sitting down
According to the movement study, Germans literally sit out their everyday lives. “Four out of ten respondents work almost exclusively while sitting. And although a good half would like to exercise more in everyday life, people also spend an average of three hours sitting each day in their free time, ”said Peter Wendt, who is responsible for the surveys at TK. And sitting for a long time makes you sick, as numerous scientific studies have shown. A study was recently published showing that sitting for long periods increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

One in two lacks motivation
The sports psychologist Prof. Dr. Jan Mayer from the German University for Prevention and Health Management, who has among other things already looked after the football professionals at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, said in the TK report: “Most people are aware that sport would do them good. According to the survey results, one in two lacks motivation. The incentive to live a long, healthy life seems more abstract than the end of the day, which is right in front of you and would like to be spent on the couch. ”This is also borne out by the study data. 40 percent of those surveyed stated that they prefer to spend the evening after work on the couch. In the young adults it was 55 percent.

Balancing everyday stress
That is why it is important to "program the inner software so that you become active," says Mayer. "Every task is easier if you can make sense of it for yourself," said the sports psychologist. The motives can be very different: health, a good figure or balance to stressful everyday life. An analysis of absenteeism, which TK also presented today, shows that “social standstill” is already having an impact on health. In 2015, the insured working people at TK were on sick leave for an average of 15.4 days. This corresponds to a sick leave rate of 4.23 percent, the highest since the beginning of TK health reporting.

"Increase in lifestyle-related diseases"
With three days per head, the largest proportion is caused by diseases of the musculoskeletal system. "However, given the numbers, this term seems a bit out of date," said the TK boss. “Civilization diseases such as back problems, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems are increasing. Already among the 18- to 39-year-olds, one in seven states that they are receiving regular treatment for a chronic illness. "Baas said," The increase in lifestyle-related diseases has consequences for the healthcare system and the society that finances it. And it has an impact on the economy and companies, which also have to co-finance the rising sick leave and the associated costs. We have to talk about that. ”(Ad)

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