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The most active in the world

Being active isn't always easy for city dwellers and their generally sedentary lifestyles. According to the World Health Organization, more than a quarter of the adult population does not exercise enough.

A recent study by Reebok, analyze more than 60 cities around the world to reveal the world's most active.

The study is based on a number of fitness and health-related metrics, such as physical activity level, percentage of gym membership, percentage of cycling, and other environmental metrics.


In 2016, 28% of people over the age of 18 were not physically active enough. According to WHO, this means that those affected "do not engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week."

It is observed that high-income countries have more exercise habits. The main reason for this is the need to do sports after the intense working tempo in the office. Some cities are more advantageous than others, thanks to better air quality, more green space, and cheaper gyms.

When we examine the sports habits of 20 cities in the world, the results are as follows:


  • Amsterdam has been named the fittest city in the world. The city is made up of about 46% of people who cycle to work and also has an interest in fitness, with about 17.5% of residents. The reason for so much cycling in the Netherlands, which is called the "country of cyclists" and is the first in the world in cycling, is that cycling is practical and the roads in the country are straight.

  • When we examine the research results; we see that people living in Oslo have the most access to green spaces with a percentage of 68%. However, Tokyo has the lowest access to green space at 7.5%.

  • Berlin residents have the highest level of insufficient physical activity with a score of 42.2. At the other end of the spectrum is 16.6 Helsinki.

  • Zurich has the lowest obesity rate in the top 20. On the other hand, the obesity rate of the Canadian cities of Montreal and Toronto is 29.4% despite the affordable prices for the gyms.

Zurich has the lowest obesity rate in the top 20. On the other hand, the obesity rate of the Canadian cities of Montreal and Toronto is 29.4% despite the affordable prices for the gyms.


In some parts of the world, fitness is considered a national sport. The best example of this is in America, the fitness craze is linked to the goal of having a fit body.

You can see which countries have the most gym members in the table below.

  • Norway and Sweden are home to the world's largest fitness users; 22% of residents regularly go to the gym, followed by the USA with 21.20%.

  • The USA ranks first in the world with 64.2 million gym members. Germany and the UK have 11.6 million and 10 million gym members, respectively.


In a survey of 8 countries, Austria has the highest spending on sportswear and equipment among these countries, with an average of 302 Euros per person.

(149 Euro sports equipment, 153 Euro sportswear)

All of the surveyed countries mostly prefer to shop at physical stores.

According to this survey, the most moderate country for online shopping for sports equipment and clothes is the Czech Republic with 42.9%.


Fitness and running are

the most commonly played sport and activities practiced by 20% and 19% respectively across the 29 markets.


The global country average is 13%.

The highest rate of cycling in the world is India with 31%.


The global average of football players is 10%. This rate is 23% in Peru, which is the country where the most football is played in the world.


The fastest running nation in the world is the Chinese with 53%. It is 19% for the world average.


The average of those who swim in the world is 9%. The country that is most interested in swimming is Turkey with 26%.


Citizens of the us and Great Britain are the most likely to say they do not play any team sports, followed by Canadians, Australians and Japanese people.



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