Exciting news for those of us who live in the United Kingdom and use our Fitbit fitness trackers because it has just been revealed that we are the second fittest country in the world – surpassed only by our Irish neighbours.
Fitbit researchers evaluated the average number of steps, active minutes and ‘Reminders to Move’ goals met; sleep duration and resting heart rate and came to this conclusion. It is difficult to believe with the recent discussion of the rise in childhood obesity, and certainly presents a shift in the way that we can reflect upon our health.
If you are questioning how this data was collated: the 2017 Fitbit Fittest Countries analysis is based on aggregated and anonymous 2016 data from 23.2 million Fitbit users across the globe. The analysis is a representative sample of 2016 data from more than 10 million users in the United States and more than 10,000 users in the UK.
Some of our more impressive statistics are as follows: Brits rack up 7 hours, 14 minutes and 44 seconds of sleep each night making us first in the sleeping category and on average take 8,639 steps each day.
People in the UK are active for approximately 24.3 minutes each day, and coming first is Spain with 27.9 minutes. Whilst those three and a bit minutes may seem trivial, it is enough to place us seventh, outranked by countries such as Sweden and Hong Kong.
Ftness expert and Fitbit Ambassador, Professor Greg Whyte OBE weighed in on the conversation: “Whether you’re obsessed with HIIT workouts or like to keep fit by running or simply walking your dog in your local park, keeping active is vital. As a nation we should always be striving to lead a healthier lifestyle, from getting better quality sleep to keeping active each and every day.”
Written by Meghan Ridout