A report by the Health Select Committee says health workers should use every opportunity to deal with the problem.
A new study, State of Play, commissioned to look at the impact 39 governing bodies have had in delivering sport in England has revealed that more than 1.8m people belong to sports clubs and almost three million sports competitions took place in England in 2014.
The report was launched alongside a new chief executive officer forum which hopes to act as an independent voice to influence national and local policy on sport.
Inactive people who take up low-intensity activities for a minute at a time can cut blood pressure and cholesterol while boosting their well-being.
The breakthrough comes after tests showed it is better to keep moving throughout the day rather than undertake an intense burst of exercise followed by rest.
Research in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology suggests that music-only and music-and-video stimuli lead to the highest enjoyment of exercise, regardless of intensity, among study participants.
The study examined various psychological measures of participants during and after stationary cycling at two intensities. Subjects were exposed to four conditions: music only, video only, music and video, and control.
These results could have salient implications for exercise professionals in improving attitudes of clients who are new or returning to fitness towards activities that they would otherwise avoid due to negative attitudes and feelings of fatigue.
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