(ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, AUGUST 8 - Over half of Cyprus'
population is deemed "physically inactive", according to a new
global survey, as Cyprus Mail reports today. According to a 2012
study of medical journal The Lancet which reviewed the physical
activity levels of 122 countries (or approximately 89% of the
world's population), Cyprus is ranked the 16th least active
nation in the world. The study found that 55% of Cypriots were
"physically inactive", meaning they failed to meet the minimum
activity recommendations, which advocate at least 30 minutes of
moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, five times a week. The
unenviable title of "laziest" country in the world goes to
Malta, which has 72% of the population labelled
"inactive", with Swaziland coming second (69%) and Saudi Arabia
third (69%). Despite the excitement of the Olympics, Britain
registered eighth with 63% considered "physically inactive".
Cyprus' position on the table, at 16, is just one above Turkey
which had a 56% inactive population and one below fellow
Mediterranean country Italy (55%). (ANSAmed).