New guidelines have been released by the organization where they have recommended individuals of 18 and above years of age must exercise for 2.5 hours weekly. This rule is applicable for regular exercises or any physical activity like cycling, running, or swimming. However, these activities must be performed with the risks of the pandemic in mind.
These new guidelines by WHO are released at the time of an ongoing pandemic in the world. Covid-19 is still responsible for the loss of hundreds of lives every day. It has been observed that overweight or obese individuals are at an increased risk for falling severely ill or getting hospitalized because of the complications arising from Covid-19.
Earlier, a list of recommendations was released by the WHO wherein the officials suggested that healthy individuals between the age of 18 and 64 must exercise vigorously for 75 minutes at least in a week or moderately for a minimum of 2 hours 30 minutes for the same period. The recently revised recommendations have been released for people living with a disability or a chronic condition.
Children under the age of 17 must exercise in a moderate to vigorous manner for at least an hour every day. They could perform physical exercises like biking, jogging, or aerobics, along with the ones that strengthen bones and muscles. For making the activity pleasant for children, the Medical Director of Child Wellness Dr. Stephanie Walsh suggests replacing the word ‘exercise’ by playing or going out.
Adults up to 64 years of age must perform moderate aerobic exercises for at least 2.5 to 3.5 hours every week. This activity can significantly reduce the chances of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and early death, as per the report.
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