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 Just 15 per cent of Canadian adults got the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week between 2007 and 2009. How much exercise do you get? (iStock)A new report says a dismal lack of exercise by Canadians cost the country's health care system $6.8 billion in 2009.

That number includes direct costs of more than $2.4 billion and indirect costs of more than $4.3 billion, according to study author Ian Janssen of Queen's University. Indirect costs include the loss of personal and financial productivity due to poor health, for example.

While population growth and changing demographics are partly to blame for our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, our decreasing amount of daily exercise is of greater concern, according to the report, published online in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

Between 2007 and 2009, only 15 per cent of adults got the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. Youth fared even worse, with only nine per cent achieving the minimum amount of activity.

Janssen determined the exercise levels using Statistics Canada's Health Measure Survey, which tracked the movements of 5,000 participants.

How much exercise do you get - and is it enough? If you would describe your lifestyle as sedentary, are you trying to become more active? Share your comments in the field below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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