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45% Women and 37% Men in India ‘Inactive’ in 2019: Report

Compiled by health and fitness app HealthifyMe, a 2019 health report showed that only 42 per cent of men burnt more than four-fifths of their calorie.

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A report revealed that 45 per cent of Indian women and 37 per cent of Indian men were 'inactive' in 2019. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

A newly published report on physical activity levels of Indians has revealed that 45 per cent of Indian women and 37 per cent of Indian men were ‘inactive’ in 2019, burning less than 50 per cent of their calorie burn budget in a day. Kolkata has turned out to be the least active city.

Compiled by health and fitness app HealthifyMe, a 2019 health report showed that only 42 per cent of men burnt more than four-fifths of their calorie burn budget, while 21 per cent burnt between 50 and 80 per cent of the quota.

When it comes to women, these figures are 33 per cent and 22 per cent. A calorie budget is the number of calories that a person should burn through physical activity, daily.

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33 per cent of women burn more than four-fifths of their calorie burn budget. Pixabay

The data shows that on an average, Indian women burnt markedly lower number of calories than their male counterparts with males having burnt around 33 per cent more calories than females on an average in 2019.

Even when comparing steps, males took 5009 steps per day as compared to females who took 3720 steps on an average per day in 2019.

City wise, Bengaluru has taken the pole position as the fittest city having burnt upwards of 310 calories a day closely followed by Ghaziabad that burnt 304 calories a day.

Kolkata, as per the report, is at the bottom of the list, having burnt just 267 calories per day.

When it comes to the number of steps taken per day, “north Indians outpaced south Indians by taking 4431 steps on an average day, which is slightly higher than 4366 steps taken by South Indians on an average”.

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Even when comparing steps, males took 5009 steps per day as compared to women who took 3720 steps on an average per day in 2019. Pixabay

Top unhealthy foods for Delhi remain paranthas, suji rusks, boondi raita, and samosa, while for Mumbai they are samosa, vada pav, paratha, and medu vada.

Bengaluru loves to indulge in vada, masala dosa, ghhee, and puri; Chennai in samosa, vada, biscuits, and puri; and Kolkata in biscuits, white bread, paratha, and samosa.

Popular workouts for the country in 2019 included walking and running. Other top activities included indoor exercises like treadmill, planks, bicycling, push-ups and yoga asanas like Surya Namaskar. Apart from typical workouts, 2019saw many experiments and unique workouts, including towel push-ups, canoeing, rowing, sculling and Pilates.

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Weekends were the least active days, it added. Sunday was the fattiest day for most of the Indians. Friday on the other hand was the most active day.

The report said the data was collected through the HealthifyMe app from over 12 million users. (IANS)

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Vitamin-D Rich Food May Be Good For Your Heart Health

The research from Harokopio University was conducted during 2001-2012 and included 1,514 men and 1,528 women from the greater Athens area, in Greece  

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People who get too little vitamin D may develop soft, thin, and brittle bones, a condition known as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Pixabay

Want to live longer with a healthy heart? Start consuming vitamin D-rich food as researchers have found that consuming foods high in vitamin D can have heart-protective effects.

Vitamin D is a nutrient found in some foods that is needed for health and to maintain strong bones. It does so by helping the body absorb calcium (one of bone’s main building blocks) from food and supplements.

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Some food items that are high in vitamin D are salmon fish, herring and sardines, cheese, cod liver oil, canned tuna, egg yolks, mushrooms and fortified foods. People who get too little vitamin D may develop soft, thin, and brittle bones, a condition known as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

The current study, published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, aimed to evaluate the association between dietary vitamin D intake and 10-year first fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular disease (CVD), conventional CVD risk factors and surrogate markers related to inflammation, coagulation, insulin resistance, liver and renal function.

The research from Harokopio University was conducted during 2001-2012 and included 1,514 men and 1,528 women from the greater Athens area, in Greece.

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Want to live longer with a healthy heart? Start consuming vitamin D-rich food as researchers have found that consuming foods high in vitamin D can have heart-protective effects. Pixabay

Want to live longer with a healthy heart? Start consuming vitamin D-rich food as researchers have found that consuming foods high in vitamin D can have heart-protective effects. PixabayAccording to the researchers, dietary assessment was based on a validated semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire.

Daily intake of vitamin D was calculated using a standardised food database.

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The research found that in the lowest, middle, and highest categories of vitamin D intake, cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks and strokes) occurred in 24 per cent, 17 per cent, and 12 per cent of men and 14 per cent, 10 per cent, and 11 per cent of women.

In contrast with vitamin D supplementation trials that have shown modest to neutral beneficial effects on heart health, this study revealed that increased vitamin D intake from food sources may protect against heart-related problems, especially in men. (IANS)