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Shanghai youth not exercising

THE fast pace of life in Shanghai is leading its young citizens to do far less exercise than their senior counterparts, a survey from the Shanghai Statistics Bureau said yesterday.

Only 26.2 percent of people between 18 and 30 exercise regularly, compared with 62.5 percent among people over 60 years old, the report said.

More than half of those who don't exercise said they were too busy at work and had no time. Another 16 percent said they had no interest, according to the report.

Other reasons include that they can't find facilities or they think it is unnecessary to do exercises because they are healthy.

The bureau randomly did phone interviews with 1,138 Shanghai citizens.

More than 40 percent of local citizens do exercises more than three times a week, the report said.

The proportion reaches the national goal issued by China's State Council, or Cabinet, but is 5 percentage points less than the city government's standard for the period between 2011 and 2015.

The report shows that the older the respondents are, the more likely they are to exercise. About 27.2 percent of people between 31 and 40 years old often do exercises. The proportion increases to 38.1 percent among people between 41 and 50, and 42.1 percent for those from 51 to 60 years old.

Walking is the most popular exercise for local people.


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