Solely 2% of Poles say they train or play sport recurrently – which is the joint-lowest determine within the European Union – and nearly two thirds by no means accomplish that. new information from the European Fee reveals. The figures additionally point out that Poles’ bodily exercise has declined lately.
Poland’s determine of two% who recurrently train was three share factors decrease than in 2017. It was matched solely by Romania (2%) and the subsequent lowest determine was in Italy (3%). On the different finish of the size, Finland (18%) had probably the most common exercisers adopted by Eire and Luxembourg (each 13%).
In the meantime, 65% of Poles say they by no means train or do sports activities, representing a 9 share level rise since 2017, the most important in all the EU. Throughout the bloc as a complete, 45% say they by no means train, a one share level lower.
The one two European nations which can be much less bodily lively than the Poles are the Portuguese, with 73% of the inhabitants declaring that they by no means train, and the Greeks, the place the determine is 68%. The bottom numbers are in Finland (8%), Sweden (12%) and Denmark (20%).
Within the case of Poland, girls have been discovered to be much less bodily lively than males, with 84% of the feminine respondents declaring to train by no means or seldom in comparison with 70% of males. Most frequently the least bodily lively have been folks older than 55 (93%), homemakers (86%), handbook employees (81%) and the unemployed (77%).
Essentially the most bodily lively group have been college students, out of whom solely 38% declared to do sports activities by no means or seldom. In 2013, Poland’s Supreme Audit Workplace (NIK), a state physique, discovered that as much as 30% of highschool pupils don’t attend necessary bodily training lessons.
This faculty 12 months, in a bid to extend kids’s bodily exercise, the Polish authorities launched guidelines to make it more durable for college college students to acquire permission from medical doctors to be excused from PE lessons.
Polish authorities makes it more durable for teenagers to get PE sicknotes
In keeping with the brand new EU information, 46% of the Poles point out lack of time as the principle purpose as to why they don’t do sports activities, in comparison with 41% of Europeans. The opposite causes most frequently indicated are: lack of motivation or curiosity, incapacity or sickness, in addition to the prices of doing sports activities being too excessive.
Poles who declared to be bodily lively say they most frequently train in nature, in a park, in addition to at house, or on the way in which between house and faculty, work or the outlets. Solely 13% of the Europeans surveyed and seven% of the Poles attend a health membership, whereas 12% and seven% respectively are members of sports activities golf equipment.
Within the case of bodily lively Poles, nearly half of the respondents declared exercising for higher well being, 47% intention for elevated health, 23% discover it entertaining, 22% do it to loosen up, 20% need to enhance their bodily look, and 14% intention to manage their physique weight.
Greater than 26,000 Europeans participated within the Eurobarometer survey, which was commissioned by the European Fee and carried out between April and Might this 12 months.
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Alicja Ptak is senior editor at Notes from Poland and a multimedia journalist. She beforehand labored for Reuters.