Getting in good physical shape has direct benefits for the mind and body. The WHO has released new guidelines regarding exercise routine, in which it has recommended a minimum of 150 minutes or 2.5 hours. During this time, the activity level can be moderate or vigorous, depending on one’s current strength and physical balance. The World Health Organization (WHO) issued these recommendations at a time when the entire Earth is bracing for the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has resulted in many people being obese or overweight, leading directly to various diseases and in some cases even hospitalization.
The previous WHO recommendations were for healthy adults, who needed a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise. However, the new advice is mainly intended for people with a chronic condition or some form of disability. According to the WHO, it will help manage the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.
WHO Exercise Advice:
WHO Core Principles
- An active life is more beneficial than a sedentary lifestyle.
- A little physical activity is much better than doing nothing.
- Always start small and build up gradually.
- Any form of physical activity is good for the human body, heart and mind.
Requirements for Children and Adolescents
- Children under the age of 17 need at least 60 minutes of exercise daily. Aerobic exercises are recommended, such as cycling or jogging.
- Other exercises that strengthen bones and muscles are also important.
- Those under the age of 64 need a minimum of 150 to 300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. It helps minimize the risk of premature death along with a reduction in heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases.
- Those over the age of 65 need a minimum of 150 to 300 minutes of moderate exercise.
- These suggestions also apply to adults with disabilities.