Physical exercise graph 521.
(photo credit: Central Bureau of Statistics)
The Central Bureau of Statistics recently published the findings of a health
survey that it conducted for the purpose of providing data in the areas of
health, use of healthcare services, health-related habits and health insurance,
as well as measuring changes in these indicators over time.
One of the
survey questions addressed the issue of physical exercise.
exercise has important implications in terms of both physical and mental health.
Exercising is important not only for losing weight and maintaining physical
fitness, but also for improving one’s overall physical condition, reducing the
likelihood of chronic illnesses, and improving well-being and mental
The survey indicates that during 2009, 20 percent of Israel’s
population aged 20 and above engaged in physical exercise (a cumulative total of
at least 30 minutes during the day) at least three times a week. The percentage
of Jews and others (23%) who did so was significantly higher than the percentage
of Arabs (6%).
Within the Jewish population, the level of engagement in
physical exercise differed significantly according to place of birth: The
highest percentage of those aged 20 and above who exercised was recorded among
people born in Europe and America (25%), followed by those born in Israel (24%),
Asia (21%) and Africa (16%).
The data indicate that a correlation exists
between years of education and engagement in physical activity. The more years
of education received, the higher the percentage of people engaged in physical
activity: Among those with zero to eight years of education, 8% were physically
active, compared to 23% of those with 13 to 15 years of education and 29% of
those with 16 years or more.
The percentage of people who exercise in
Jerusalem is lower than in the other major cities. In Jerusalem, approximately
19% of those aged 20 and above exercise, compared to 26% in Tel Aviv and Haifa
and 23% in Rishon Lezion. As the graph indicates, the percentage of men who
exercise is generally higher than the percentage of women. The percentages of
men and women who engage in physical exercise in Jerusalem are close, measuring
20% and 18% respectively.