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Physical activity across the lifespan: the need for a gender perspective

      For the November issue, I would like to highlight three papers addressing the topic of physical activity. In the past decades, there has been an increasing interest in physical activity research, with a shift from emphasizing aerobic exercise to the broader concept of physical activity for various health benefits
      • Lee I.M.
      • Shiroma E.J.
      • Lobelo F.
      • et al.
      Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group. Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: an analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy.
      . Physical activity guidelines describe how much physical activity at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity (MVPA) is needed to achieve these beneficial health effects. Generally, less females than males comply with physical activity guidelines: 85% of girls and 78% of boys, and 32% of women and 23% of men
      • Guthold R.
      • Stevens G.A.
      • Riley L.M.
      • et al.
      Worldwide trends in insufficient physical activity from 2001 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 358 population-based surveys with 1·9 million participants.
      ,
      • Guthold R.
      • Stevens G.A.
      • Riley L.M.
      • et al.
      Global trends in insufficient physical activity among adolescents: a pooled analysis of 298 population-based surveys with 1·6 million participants.
      . Interventions addressing this gender difference in physical activity could result in important health benefits for females.
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