Torontonians are less active than other Canadians, a new study has found.

Some 57 per cent of Torontonians aged 12 and older were inactive during their leisure time in 2007-08, compared to a national average of 50 per cent, according the 2010 Get Active Toronto Report on Physical Activity. The Toronto number is up six percentage points since 2005.

The report, to be released today, was prepared by Get Active Toronto, a coalition of public and private organizations, including Toronto Public Health, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Toronto District School Board.

The most frequently cited barrier to physical activity is lack of time, according to the report.

“Work-life balance is a major factor,” said Cat Girotti, manager of Get Active Toronto, explaining why the city’s residents have less time for physical activity. “Toronto likes to work.

It’s the centre of commerce and that comes first.”

After lack of time, Torontonians offered the following reasons for not being active: Lack of willpower (20 per cent); physical discomfort (12 per cent); social isolation (eight per cent); intimidation (nine per cent); and embarrassment (seven per cent).

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