Bloemfontein residents are less likely to walk, go to the gym, or do something outdoors, a new report by Discovery Vitality says.
According to the Road to a Healthier South Africa report, based on data from Discovery’s Vitality programme, Capetonians are 35% more likely to take part in such activities than people who live in Bloemfontein.
After Cape Town, Johannesburg is the country’s most active city, followed by Pretoria, Durban, and then Port Elizabeth.
Durbanites are, however, more like to go to the gym than people in Johannesburg and Pretoria, though it still lags 2% behind Cape Town on that score.
And Johannesburg residents are less likely to walk compared to those in Pretoria.
Dr David Jankelow, president-elect of the South African Heart Association, says exercise is a “simple antidote” to the “global tsunami of lifestyle-related illnesses.”
“It may, in fact, be more important than medicines when it comes to preventing and sustaining good health,” Jankelow writes in the report.
“I strongly believe in the prescription of physical activity and encourage all South Africans to get moving – even small steps will have a big impact on health outcomes.”
The report says that around half of South African adults live sedentary lifestyles – more than double the global average of 23%.
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