Table 1

Descriptive characteristics of the survey samples of participants aged 25–64 years from 104 countries

CountryYearSample sizeN (%) femaleN (%) 25–44 yearsN (%) reporting 0 min/week overall activityN (%) meeting the WHO physical activity guidelines
Low-income countries
Afghanistan201826731351 (50.6)1910 (71.5)561 (21.0)1865 (69.8)
Benin201539631998 (50.4)2824 (71.3)454 (11.5)3308 (83.5)
Burkina Faso201337822015 (53.3)2645 (69.9)341 (9.0)3153 (83.4)
Central African Republic201728001380 (49.3)2016 (72.0)97 (3.5)2665 (95.2)
Chad20081622795 (49.0)1063 (65.5)245 (15.1)1196 (73.7)
Democratic Republic of the Congo20051194740 (62.0)846 (70.9)205 (17.2)902 (75.5)
Eritrea201053804579 (85.1)3792 (70.5)394 (7.3)4755 (88.4)
Ethiopia200638792257 (58.2)2219 (57.2)120 (3.1)3199 (82.5)
Gambia201038882019 (51.9)2879 (74.1)599 (15.4)3172 (81.6)
Guinea20091661837 (50.4)1149 (69.2)101 (6.1)1457 (87.7)
Liberia201122871150 (50.3)1563 (68.3)423 (18.5)1686 (73.7)
Madagascar200539992054 (51.4)2763 (69.1)374 (9.4)3369 (84.2)
Malawi201725521315 (51.5)1904 (74.6)15 (0.6)2508 (98.3)
Mali2013691457 (66.1)378 (54.7)155 (22.4)449 (65.0)
Mozambique200528531618 (56.7)1982 (69.5)31 (1.1)2747 (96.3)
Nepal201943562325 (53.4)2915 (66.9)202 (4.6)4069 (93.4)
Niger20072050921 (44.9)1180 (57.6)349 (17.0)1550 (75.6)
Rwanda2012–201354952933 (53.4)3939 (71.7)374 (6.8)4787 (87.1)
Sierra Leone200924131248 (51.7)1692 (70.1)185 (7.7)2120 (87.9)
Tajikistan2016–20172108947 (44.9)1643 (77.9)357 (17.0)1498 (71.1)
Togo2010–201128711531 (53.3)2059 (71.7)116 (4.0)2631 (91.6)
Uganda201428201449 (51.4)2099 (74.4)72 (2.6)2698 (95.7)
United Republic of Tanzania201281004128 (51.0)5905 (72.9)203 (2.5)7693 (95.0)
United Republic of Tanzania (Zanzibar)201126211374 (52.4)1909 (72.8)92 (3.5)2308 (88.1)
Lower-middle-income countries
Bangladesh201868663456 (50.3)4497 (65.5)459 (6.7)6048 (88.1)
Bhutan201423391008 (43.1)1694 (72.4)82 (3.5)2201 (94.1)
Cabo Verde20071724869 (50.4)1317 (76.4)120 (6.9)1434 (83.2)
Cambodia201054322789 (51.3)3564 (65.6)298 (5.5)4960 (91.3)
Cameroon200352533289 (62.6)3618 (68.9)627 (11.9)3388 (64.5)
Comoros201146462329 (50.1)3147 (67.7)252 (5.4)4082 (87.9)
Côte d'Ivoire200525931382 (53.3)1938 (74.7)334 (12.9)1773 (68.4)
Egypt201749842478 (49.7)3235 (64.9)712 (14.3)3679 (73.8)
Eswatini201420171138 (56.4)1426 (70.7)190 (9.4)1676 (83.1)
Ghana2007–200829851463 (49.0)1800 (60.3)288 (9.7)2580 (86.4)
India2007–200877703667 (47.2)4888 (62.9)449 (5.8)7026 (90.4)
Kenya201534211732 (50.6)2529 (73.9)103 (3.0)3234 (94.5)
Kiribati2015–20161618866 (53.5)1032 (63.8)332 (20.5)1043 (64.4)
Kyrgyzstan201326201297 (49.5)1639 (62.6)178 (6.8)2320 (88.6)
Lao People’s Democratic Republic201321241234 (58.1)1244 (58.5)58 (2.7)1946 (91.6)
Lesotho20121791924 (51.6)1362 (76.0)33 (1.8)1710 (95.5)
Mauritania20061095609 (55.6)587 (53.6)190 (17.4)571 (52.1)
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.20161643823 (50.1)1142 (69.5)529 (32.2)1000 (60.9)
Moldova, Republic of201338051848 (48.6)2156 (56.7)218 (5.7)3409 (89.6)
Mongolia201954292768 (51.0)3506 (64.6)853 (15.7)4089 (75.3)
Morocco201740882106 (51.5)2511 (61.4)490 (12.0)3296 (80.6)
Myanmar201481434052 (49.8)4959 (60.9)701 (8.6)6872 (84.4)
Niue2011–2012581319 (54.9)271 (46.6)10 (1.7)554 (95.4)
Pakistan2013–201453093101 (58.4)3644 (68.6)1426 (26.9)3156 (59.5)
Papua New Guinea2007–20081899913 (48.1)1368 (72.0)132 (7.0)1670 (88.0)
Solomon Islands20151912999 (52.3)1328 (69.4)197 (10.3)1592 (83.2)
Sudan201657992742 (47.3)4033 (69.5)325 (5.6)4952 (85.4)
São Tomé and Principe200822611192 (52.7)1558 (68.9)147 (6.5)1975 (87.4)
Timor-Leste20141792723 (40.3)1196 (66.7)130 (7.3)1455 (81.2)
Tokelau2014439240 (54.6)261 (59.5)28 (6.3)386 (87.9)
Vanuatu201144572343 (52.6)3031 (68.0)91 (2.0)4177 (93.7)
Viet Nam201531161605 (51.5)1866 (59.9)556 (17.9)2302 (73.9)
West Bank and Gaza Strip2010–201151052536 (49.7)3580 (70.1)1336 (26.2)3050 (59.7)
Zambia201725501253 (49.1)1916 (75.1)139 (5.5)2276 (89.3)
Upper-middle-income countries
Algeria2016–201755662789 (50.1)3677 (66.1)741 (13.3)4193 (75.3)
American Samoa200420151010 (50.1)1354 (67.2)941 (46.7)845 (41.9)
Armenia20161825877 (48.1)1046 (57.3)283 (15.5)1437 (78.8)
Azerbaijan201723221196 (51.5)1343 (57.8)269 (11.6)1889 (81.3)
Belarus2016–201742032178 (51.8)2162 (51.4)301 (7.2)3682 (87.6)
Botswana201426881343 (49.9)1939 (72.2)270 (10.0)2118 (78.8)
Brazil2013–201421 94211 692 (53.3)12 721 (58.0)6105 (27.8)14 509 (66.1)
China2008–201090554574 (50.5)4235 (46.8)1187 (13.1)7130 (78.7)
Cook Islands2013–20151064536 (50.4)636 (59.8)169 (15.8)800 (75.2)
Ecuador201836201879 (51.9)2041 (56.4)304 (8.4)2977 (82.2)
Fiji201123251173 (50.4)1369 (58.9)144 (6.2)1973 (84.9)
Gabon200919581144 (58.4)1269 (64.8)231 (11.8)1418 (72.4)
Georgia201633461743 (52.1)1726 (51.6)322 (9.6)2776 (83.0)
Grenada2010–20111030502 (48.8)674 (65.4)184 (17.8)733 (71.1)
Guyana201620511017 (49.6)1254 (61.1)391 (19.1)1444 (70.4)
Iraq201530361505 (49.6)1981 (65.2)853 (28.1)1615 (53.2)
Jordan201943502325 (53.5)2979 (68.5)476 (10.9)3250 (74.7)
Lebanon20171426764 (53.6)885 (62.1)726 (50.9)548 (38.4)
Libya200934601740 (50.3)2692 (77.8)783 (22.6)2194 (63.4)
Maldives20111222615 (50.3)911 (74.6)320 (26.2)756 (61.9)
Marshall Islands200218061100 (60.9)1271 (70.4)751 (41.6)997 (55.2)
Mexico2009–20101324717 (54.1)906 (68.4)192 (14.5)962 (72.6)
Nauru2015–20161031534 (51.8)719 (69.8)267 (25.9)617 (59.8)
Russian Federation2007–201023061284 (55.7)1248 (54.1)115 (5.0)2146 (93.1)
Saint Lucia201216731039 (62.1)853 (51.0)268 (16.0)1226 (73.3)
Samoa20131412681 (48.2)901 (63.8)118 (8.4)1216 (86.1)
South Africa2007–200824471291 (52.8)1476 (60.3)915 (37.4)1374 (56.2)
Sri Lanka2014–201543212184 (50.6)2436 (56.4)837 (19.4)3029 (70.1)
Tonga201732012068 (64.6)1940 (60.6)826 (25.8)1920 (60.0)
Tuvalu2015935489 (52.3)590 (63.1)141 (15.1)689 (73.6)
High-income countries
Anguilla20161347695 (51.6)782 (58.0)235 (17.4)1014 (75.3)
Bahamas2011–20121617806 (49.8)998 (61.7)524 (32.4)955 (59.0)
Barbados2007934489 (52.4)566 (60.6)207 (22.2)599 (64.1)
British Virgin Islands20091065486 (45.6)572 (53.7)189 (17.8)780 (73.3)
Brunei Darussalam2015–201627611418 (51.4)1793 (64.9)318 (11.5)2050 (74.2)
Cayman Islands20121266624 (49.3)800 (63.2)222 (17.5)922 (72.8)
Chile2016–201738311919 (50.1)2108 (55.0)668 (17.4)2699 (70.4)
French Polynesia201028621379 (48.2)1815 (63.4)225 (7.9)2440 (85.3)
Korea, Rep.201840381987 (49.2)1938 (48.0)1274 (31.6)1866 (46.2)
Kuwait201431601678 (53.1)2170 (68.7)1613 (51.0)1131 (35.8)
Palau20161173553 (47.1)569 (48.5)261 (22.3)783 (66.8)
Qatar201220031006 (50.2)1411 (70.5)466 (23.3)1182 (59.0)
Seychelles2013–20141239618 (49.8)716 (57.8)59 (4.7)1007 (81.3)
Trinidad and Tobago201121511113 (51.7)1287 (59.8)613 (28.5)1285 (59.8)
USA2017–201836281855 (51.1)1800 (49.6)726 (20.0)2504 (69.0)
Uruguay2013–201420901091(52.2)1157 (55.4)302 (14.5)1613 (77.2)
  • Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia Fed. Sts. and Pakistan are subnational surveys. Total sample size is unweighted, all other N/proportions are weighted when sample weights have been provided. Meeting the WHO physical activity guidelines is defined as ≥150 min of moderate intensity activity per week, or ≥75 min of vigorous intensity activity per week, or ≥600 MET-min/week.