Physical leisure activity

The figures stated below refer to the “Austrian health interview survey 2019“.

Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure – including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and engaging in recreational pursuits. In the last decade a comprehensive concept of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) has been established, which besides leisure-related physical activities also includes daily physical activity related to occupational and household work as well as a means of transport. Specific encouragement of physical activity enables the prevention of illness and discomfort at every age.

Nearly one half of the Austrian female (46%) and male (44%) population aged 15 and over were found not to perform any work-related physical activities. About one third performed lightly exhausting physical activities, women with 36% lightly more often than men with 30%. Predominantly severely exhausting physical activities were done by 18% of men, but only 6% of women.

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Results (overview): Physical activity


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