A recent big study that looked at the working population in Sweden shows that today's fitness is worse than it has been for 20 years, SVT reports.
"The main result is that there is a fairly sharply declining trend in the population as a whole. The study population has gained just over ten percent worse condition, says Elin Ekblom-Bak, college lecturer in sports science and one of the authors behind the study, to the site.
The researchers have looked at data from 350,000 people who have been offered and conducted fitness tests through their employer over the last 20 years. The test was done by means of a exercise cycle and it has been shown that the men's condition decreased more than the women, younger than the elderly and low-skilled more than highly educated.
The study also shows that the working Swedes who have the most bad condition have increased in number. The proportion of people with a low-risk condition has increased from 27 percent to 46 percent.
Since the study result is based on people who work in employment, it is not entirely representative of the general population.
Elin Ekblom-Bak even believes that the study population may have a better fitness than the Swedish population at large.
"I am absolutely convinced that we need a joint effort. We need to rebuild the possibilities of touching us – we need a national job in this.