The vast majority of Portuguese "never do exercise or sport" - Resident of Portugal

The vast majority of Portuguese “never do exercise or sport” – Resident of Portugal

The Eurobarometer places Portugal at the very bottom of the ranking

This is the worst Eurobarometer study possible to find: Portugal was considered the European country where the highest percentage of citizens never exercise or practice any type of sport…

Lusa presents the results almost diplomatically as “the majority of Portuguese“Never exercise. But it’s more than just a majority: it is 73%.

Add to that the fact that “a further 5% admit to exercising rarely”…and these results see Portugal struggling with what Lusa describes as “the highest rate of lack of physical exercise in European countries covered by the study.

In Greece, 68% of respondents admit to being couch potatoes; Poland 60%. On the other hand, 71% of Finns say they exercise or play sports “at least once a week”. Luxembourg comes in at 63%, the Netherlands at 60%.

This is the first Eurobarometer dedicated to sport and physical activity published since 2017, with 49% of Europeans surveyed revealing that they maintain some type of physical activity or sport.

The highest activity rates are among the youngest – between 15 and 24 – with more than half of Europeans in this age group, 54%, doing so “fairly regularly”, dropping to 42% between 25 and 39 years old and 32% between 40 and 54 years old.

From the age of 55, only 21% say they play sports with “some regularity”, specifies Lusa.

The study also looked at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which in Portugal is keeping 41% of respondents physically active but less frequently – another figure “above” the European average of 34% (meaning ” not as good”).

Only 22% remained “as physically active as before”, 19% stopped their previous sports activities and 7% increased their activity, specifies Lusa.

Of the reasons respondents listed for not being more regularly physically active, lack of time, motivation or interest in sport were the most common.

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