We all know Hong Kong is a hectic, non-stop place. Well, a new study released this week by Stanford University has confirmed that Hongkongers are officially the most active citizens in the world.
US scientists accrued ‘planetary-scale’ data and 68 million days’ worth of information from smartphones across the globe to examine how active individuals in different countries are. Researchers looked at the number of steps 700,000 people made and Hong Kong came out on top with residents walking an average of 6,880 per day. By comparison, Indonesia came bottom with citizens there amassing only 3,513 steps. Japan (6,010), Spain (5,936) and the UK (5,444) all ranked above the global average of 4,961 steps.
The study aimed to examine physical inactivity and the health effects related to active/inactive lifestyles. Although it’s somewhat surprising that we take so many steps to get about in our compact city, perhaps it shows that Hongkongers really are gym freaks and serious hiking enthusiasts. And with Hong Kong men and women ranked as enjoying the longest life expectancy in the world, perhaps there’s something to this study after all.