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45% of Santiago’s population don’t do outdoor activities

45% of Santiago’s population don’t do outdoor activities
April 18
09:06 2011

According to a survey by the Central University of Chile, people in Santiago prefer to eat more healthily than exercise or do outdoor activities once a month.

Campaigns to promote sport and balanced diet, the SIMCE of physical education, along with scientific evidence, have pointed out the importance of healthy living. On this matter, the Centre for Social Research and Public Opinion of the Central University of Chile (CESOP) conducted a study in the Metropolitan Region that showed significant differences in gender and age on whether physical activity forms a regular component of a healthy life.

According to the survey, 68.1% of those interviewed by CESOP considered themselves to have a healthy life. However, this was not reflected in their exercise habits. 55.2% of the people said they never do physical activities or only once a month. While just 28% said that they exercise at least once a week.

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Twice as many men in Santiago do outdoor activities compared with women

Similar results were given to the question: do you do outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, picnic, fishing, horseback riding, field trips, beach or mountain? 44.8% confirmed that they never do this type of activity, while 33.3% do it only once a month. Women are the ones that do less physical and outdoor activities; the figures for men who go for a walk or hike is double the figures of women who do outdoor activities.

For Ignacio Gallardo, sports psychology professor and professor of the MBA in Sports Psychology at the Central University, the results of the survey show that this trend is more evident in middle-class sectors, “the segment in which women work and maintain a home don’t have opportunities for recreation and sport, especially if it means going of their homes,” he said.

Despite these outcomes, the people of Santiago prefer to ignore physical exercise and concentrate on their diets. This was showed by the question; do you usually eat healthy? 77.9% said that they eat properly and only 22.1% of them said that they don’t eat healthy.

Moreover, the study of CESOP found that young people feel that the should not to worry much if their diets are healthy and balanced. However, older people presented greater concern about this, which is due to “having health as a priority, because of the occurrence of diseases and concern over work and family obligations, all this is a typical characteristic of older people, in which education policies and awareness of healthy living have been more effective,” concluded Gallardo.

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