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The Problem of the Prevalence of Low Physical Activity among the Population of Different Age Groups: Literature Review

P.F. Menyailova, M.A. Zakharova

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Polina F. Menyailova, Sociologist of Bureau of Medical Sociological Research at RCPH and MP, Novosibirsk, ORCID:, e-mail:

Mariya A. Zakharova, Dr. Sc. (Sociology), Cand. Sc. (Medicine), Head of Bureau of Medical Sociological Research at RCPH and MP, Novosibirsk, ORCID:, e-mail:


The article is devoted to the problem of low physical activity of the population in the modern world.

Methods — to review the literature on the topic, 31 medical and sociological studies were analyzed on the problem of the prevalence of low physical activity among the population of different age groups.

Objective is to determine the prevalence of currently low physical activity among the population of different age groups, depending on various factors.

Results — based on the data obtained as a result of the literature review, it was revealed that the physical activity of the population of all age groups is at a low level. The following reasons for low physical activity were identified: poor infrastructure and area of residence, the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, family lifestyle, lack of motivation of the population, lack of knowledge on this topic among people.

Discussion is that increasing the literacy of people, as well as their motivation, will significantly increase the level of physical activity, which will positively affect the quality and life expectancy of the population.

Key words: hypodynamia, physical activity, motor activity.



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