If you exercise regularly, there’s a very good chance that you will stay healthy for life! That’s the latest consensus among doctors. The World Health Organization has revealed new guidelines for the minimum amount of physical activity per week. It’s gone up to 600 minutes.
Although the new exercise “quotas” could appear intimidating for starters, if you do achieve those goals, it could significantly lower your risk for chronic diseases, like heart disease, bowel cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, or breast cancer.
Experts from the United States and Australia compiled 174 surveys published between the years 1980 and 2016. Each study looked at the connection between physical activity and minimum one of the five diseases.
The higher the level of physical activity of a person per week, the lower the chance of being diagnosed with any of the five conditions.
Those who achieved between 3,000 to 4,000 minutes of exercise had the best health outcomes.
Physical activity can be fun, it doesn’t necessarily mean running around for endless hours every day. Someone can mix different types of activities into their daily routine, which can include housework, or simply walking up the stairs. Here’s a practical example which can help you do your recommended daily exercises: walking or cycling for half an hour, running for 20 minutes, doing garden work for another 20 minutes, vacuum cleaning for a quarter of an hour and using the stairs for 10 more minutes.
Because of an aging population, health authorities have seen an increase in cardiovascular and diabetes-related deaths since 1990. This means that there is a need for more attention and campaigning to promote daily physical exercise – according to the authors of the study.
Experts believe that if they ask for higher levels of physical activities, the benefit across the world population will be lowering the risk of chronic diseases. Another advice from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, those who are not physically active and want to get a better chance at a long, healthy life, should start easy and work their way up to more intense activities.
Heart attacks don’t happen very often during aerobics. But when they do, it’s many times because of the sudden strain the body feels at high levels of activity.
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