The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults 18-64 years of age get around 21 minutes of physical activity a day to improve cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness, bone health and reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases and depression.
During the week, adults should perform at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, or a combination of moderate and high-intensity exercise.
These include leisure time activities such as walking, dancing, gardening, hiking, swimming, cycling, housework, games, games, sports and planned exercises, as well as professional activities such as work.
New WHO recommendations for physical activity emerge at a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world - and overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk of severe illness and hospitalization from Covid-19, the CNN portal notes.
The WHO previously recommended that adults 18 to 64 years old should exercise at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week, but these previous recommendations were directed at healthy adults. The new recommendations now include people living with chronic diseases and disabilities.
"Being physically active is crucial to health and well-being - it can help you extend your life for years," WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press release. "Every move counts, especially now that we are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic containment. We all need to move safely and creatively every day," he added. (PAP)