Iran’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports warns that only about 20 percent of Iranians incorporate exercise and sports activities in their daily lives.


IRNA reports that a ministry spokesman expressed concern regarding the small percentage of the population engaging in daily exercise, saying that in most countries, at least 60 percent of the population have exercise as part of their daily routine.

Abdolhamid Ahmadi told IRNA that more men than women make up the 20 percent of Iranians who are physically active.

Iran’s population is said to to be 49 percent male and 51 percent female. The latest statistics also indicate that 24 percent of the population is under the age of 15, 31 percent is between 15 and 30, and 30 percent are between 30 and 64. Only six percent of the population is above the age of 60.
The relative youth of the population makes the low level of exercise even more concerning.