Aug 07, 2013

    No time for exercise, say adults in China

    MORE Chinese people aged 20 to 39 are becoming overweight and their athletic ability is declining, according to a national survey whose results were released on Monday.

    The survey of more than 43,000 adults found that more than 11 per cent of people aged 20 to 39 are obese, an increase of 2 percentage points since the last survey in 2010.

    According to the survey, those between 20 and 39 are the least-active exercisers.

    Fifty-one per cent of them do not exercise regularly, citing no time due to overloaded schedules. A decline has been seen among young adults in their ability to grip something, jump or maintain balance, indicating loss of strength and flexibility.

    Giving up exercise for studies and work has been a nationwide trend among young people, experts said.

    "The excuse of 'no time' means the public hasn't realised the importance of sports activities for a better life," said Professor Xing Wenhua of Beijing Sport University. He added that "doing exercise is not only a way to keep fit, but also releases pressure and negative emotions".