When it comes to choosing between driving or walking, most people in India would likely choose the former thanks to the busy lifestyle of Indians and also the hot-humid temperatures which prevent them from taking a few good steps each day.
Recently a study conducted in 46 nations revealed that India lies amongst the laziest countries in the world. India is ranked at 39, with people averaging just 4,297 steps a day.
The study has been conducted by Stanford University. Researchers have used the step-counters installed in most smartphones to track the walking activity of about 700,000 people in 46 countries throughout the world. The least lazy are the Chinese as per the study published in the journal Nature. China, particularly Hong Kong, where people averaged 6,880 steps a day, has been described to be the area with the most active walkers.
Indonesia has been described as the worst nation, where people walked nearly half as much, averaging 3,513 steps a day. The worldwide average has come out to be 4,961 steps, with Americans walking an average 4,774 steps. The top half of the chart includes Hong Kong, China, Ukraine and Japan walking over 6,000 steps daily while the countries at the bottom of the rung include Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia who walk less than 3,900 steps.
According to the data, Indian women walk less than Indian men. While women in India manage to walk barely 3,684 steps, men have registered 4,606 daily. As per the study on both males and females, a greater number of steps is associated with low obesity levels, however for females, the occurrence of obesity increases rapidly as step volume lowers (232 percent obesity increase for females versus 67 percent increase for males; comparing lowest versus highest activity).