Together, these estimates demonstrate that there has been little progress in improving physical activity levels between 2001 and 2016.
Scientists also said that if this issue is not reduced by at least 10% by 2025, they will not be able to meet the global target of reducing sedentary lifestyle.
Britons are among the laziest citizens in western Europe, with a third of adults failing to walk for 20 minutes a day, a global study has revealed.
In four countries, more than half of adults were insufficiently active - Kuwait (67%), American Samoa (53%), Saudi Arabia (53%), and Iraq (52%). Among low-income countries, there was only a 0.2 percent increase in physical inactivity, from 16 percent to 16.2 percent.
The lowest levels were in men from Oceania (12·3%), east and southeast Asia (17·6%), and sub-Saharan Africa (17·9%).
The report looked at nearly 2 million people in more than 160 countries from 2001 to 2016 and found that more than one in four adults were insufficiently active.
There is an eight percent different between men and women. That region registered 26% of adults with insufficient activity in 2001 yet just 17% in 2016.
In fact, no improvement has been seen in worldwide levels of exercise since 2001, the report indicates, with high-income countries showing a 5% increase in inactivity levels between 2001 and 2016.
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Countries at the forefront of insufficient physical activity include Germany, New Zealand, the United States, the UK, Argentina, and Brazil.
Where prevalence was higher than 50%.
The high inactivity in wealthier countries can be explained with the fact that many people lead increasingly stationary lives, in which occupations and recreational activities have become more sedentary, transport has become motorized, and the general use of technology has risen.
"Although a recent NCD policy survey showed that nearly three quarters of countries report having a policy or action plan to tackle physical inactivity, few have been implemented to have national impact".
The authors called for a significant increase in national action is urgently needed in most countries to scale-up implementation of effective policies.
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"It is vitally important that we take notice of this research, because physical inactivity is a risk factor for heart disease, which continues to be the leading killer of Australians".
The new report found that around the world, 32 percent of women and 23 percent of men don't get enough exercise, even when accounting for time spent walking or biking to work and physical activity on the job.