According to a recent World Health Organization Report, one in four people are at risk of poor health due to inactivity. The WHO defines inactive as those who did less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise – or 75 minutes at vigorous intensity – a week. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Not surprisingly, people are less active than before, what is surprising is that since 2001, despite our best efforts the rate of inactivity has not changed. Wealthier countries such as Canada, the United States, and the UK were found to be more inactive than developing countries. Consider this chart prepared by the BBC:
With the increase in childhood obesity, cardiovascular disease anddiabetes, maintaining an active lifestyle is paramount to a healthy lifestyle.
What can you do to help reduce your risks? The WHO recommends following these activity guidelines:
Exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds
What is moderate aerobic activity?
What counts as vigorous activity?
What activities strengthen muscles?
What activities are both aerobic and muscle-strengthening?
For more information on activity related guidelines, click here:https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/