Everyone knows it physical exercise regular is one of the most important pillars of a healthy life. To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise for adults, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the restrictions it provoked, the organization decided to modify these advice by extending them.
In the new guide, the so-called WHO guidelines for physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle, it is indicated that the new recommendations are in between 150 and 300 minutes a week moderate to vigorous exercise in adults, including those with chronic health conditions or disabilities, and at least 60 minutes a day for children and adolescents.
“Physical activity is essential to health and well-being; can help add years to life and life to years “
About 5 million deaths could be avoided each year, they revealed, if people were more active, and according to WHO data, 1 in 4 adults and 4 in 5 adolescents do not get enough exercise. This can help increase the number of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
Every activity, no matter how small, is beneficial
Exercise has also been linked to a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety, a lower risk of cognitive decline, and improved memory and brain health, so not doing so can worsen people’s health. Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusWHO’s Director General stated that: “Physical activity is essential to health and well-being; can help add years to life and life to years ”.
WHO is so convinced of the benefits of physical exercise that it recommends practicing it at all ages, and in any case, for example, pregnant women, people with disabilities and people over 65, the latter should focus on activities aimed at balance, coordination and strengthening to prevent falls and improve health and quality of life.
One of the excuses most people make for not following these exercise recommendations is that they don’t have time to do so. Consequently, the WHO has declared that any activity is beneficial and can be performed through work, sport, leisure, transport – walking or cycling – and even through housework, dancing, play, or activities such as gardening or cleaning .