How much exercise should you do in a week? WHO new guide

Ryan W. Miller

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Even during an epidemic, everyone needs to be physically active, limit how much time they have to sit and take every chance they can to move forward – even if it’s just a little bit, the World Health Organization said.

In a guide for people of all ages released Wednesday, the WHO stressed that people face marine lifestyles because of the social distance and how much time they spend at home during the coyote-19 epidemic.

Adults should consider 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity a week, and that includes older adults and people with a long-term or disability, the WHO said.

Children should spend an hour a day in moderate to vigorous activity.

More than four million to five million deaths a year would be avoided if people were more active, the DHO said.

“Staying physically active is crucial to health and well-being – it can help add years and years to life,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanam Brabreius.

According to WHO:

  • Children Should at least get 60 minutes per day Moderate to vigorous physical activity and minimal Three days a week Get vigorous aerobic activities, including muscle and bone strengthening.
  • Healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 64 Should at least get 150–300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity Aerobic physical activity or at least 75-150 minutes per week of excitementIntensity aerobic physical activity. At least Two days a week to strengthen muscles Activity can provide additional health benefits.
  • Healthy adults 65 or older Was Similar recommendations 18 to 64 years of age. Extra physical activity at least Three days a week That emphasizes Balance and strength training Can help prevent falls.
  • Pregnant and postpartum woman Should at least get 150 minutes a week of medium-intensity Aerobic physical activity.
  • Adults and children with disabilities or chronic conditions Was Similar recommendations Otherwise healthy adults and children.

Almost all adults and 80% of adolescents do not get enough physical activity, the WHO said.

Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and has a positive effect on reducing mental health and cognitive decline, the WHO said.

“This new guide highlights how important it is for our hearts, bodies and minds to stay active, and how favorable outcomes benefit everyone of all ages and abilities.” Dr. Fina Bull, head of the WHO’s physical activity unit, led the development of the guidelines.

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