According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Uganda is at the top of the 168 countries analysed for fitness levels. Agnes Baluka Masajja, a Ugandan fitness advocate says that Ugandans believe staying active is very important to live a healthy life. She told the Global Sports Mentoring Program, “If you go to the hospital when you’re sick, what do they say? Go for a walk, a run, or a swim”. Another reason Ugandans are physically very active is because they have to get through to work. Manual labor and walking from place to place to get around is almost a given.
However, this is not the case in many wealthier and more developed countries. There are more sedentary occupations and personal motorized transportation. The WHO report says “In lower-income countries, more activity is undertaken at work and for transport. The report however warns that these behaviours are changing rapidly.”
The report authors urge everyone to walk more, bike, and play sports for fun during their free time, no matter where they live. Scientists and experts concur with the findings because people who are physically active are less stressed, calmer, and in better spirits.
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