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Physical inactivity and cardiovascular disease

Physical inactivity is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease causing 3.2 million deaths globally.

More than half of women living in Europe have insufficient levels of physical activity, which is defined by the World Health Organization as being less than five times 30 minutes of moderate activity per week or less than three times 20 minutes of vigorous activity per week. The majority of European children are also insufficiently active as they don't reach the recommended amount of 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Being physically active, by playing sports such as football, can help reduce risk for heart disease and stroke and provide many further health benefits.

Learn more about the importance of physical activity in women, World Heart Federation actions to promote physical activity in children, cardiovascular disease in women and how to protect your heart