Despite having been stigmatized with the invention of the nap, being experts in heating the work chair and liking the bed more than the treadmill, the truth is that Spain is not among the most vague countries in the world. In fact, it is among the most active countries in the world.
At least as far as number of steps is concerned, according to new research published in the journal Nature.
Number of global steps
A team of scientists from Stanford University has collected physical activity data (the steps counted by the mobile) from more than 700,000 smartphone users worldwide from 111 countries over a period of 95 days. The daily step count recorded by the accelerometer of the smartphone was coupled with basic information on the age, sex, height and weight of the subjects.
The results propose the world map of the physical activity of each country, revealing which countries are more or less vague of the planet and helping to measure the level of obesity. And it is that a significant correlation was established: in countries with low obesity, people tend to walk almost the same amount of steps every day.
It is also true that there are countries where there is a lot of difference between those who walk a lot and those who walk a little (they are countries where obesity is also a problem). In that sense, the 5 countries with the highest levels of activity inequality were: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Egypt and the United States. In the words of Jure Leskovec, co-author of the work:
When the inequality of activity is greater, women's activity is reduced much more dramatically than men's activity and, therefore, negative connections to obesity can affect women much more.
The study naturally has its limitations. First, the researchers restricted their study to iPhone phones, not in other terminals. And, secondly, they only recorded steps, not other physical activities such as the bicycle (here we are sure that Holland beats us) or swimming, for example.
The overall average step was 5,000 daily steps. Spain, with 5,936 steps per day on average, placed fifth. Those who walk the most are the inhabitants of Hong Kong (China), with an average of 6,880 daily steps. Indonesians, on the other hand, are the laziest with 3,513 steps a day on average.
The 25 most vague countries:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
The 10 most active countries:
- South Korea
- Czech Republic