There is a growing need for people all over the world to be encouraged to exercise more, as inactivity is now accounting for as many deaths as smoking, experts have warned.
A report published in the Lancet shows that a third of adults do not engage in enough physical activity, leading to around 5.3 million deaths every year.
This compares to one in ten deaths from conditions such as diabetes, breast cancer and heart disease.
Responding to the figures, clinical issues director at the Heart Foundation Dr Robert Grenfell said that Australia alone could prevent 1,500 deaths a year from heart disease by encouraging exercise.
"It's important to remember that being active doesn't have to mean working out at the gym – it can be as simple as walking for 30 minutes a day on most days of the week," he commented.
Business health insurance could be just what you need to encourage your employees to exercise more – many insurers will offer support to those who want to improve their wellbeing.
As an employer you can offer subsidised health insurance schemes for your staff to encourage them to take up healthier lifestyles.