New Guidelines – Physical Activity

Comment: In reading these new WHO guidelines on amount of daily recommended physical activity we should be undertaking, it may be challenging to consider how will I achieve this goal as “I do not have the time”. Often the answer is not easy and involves a restructuring of how we undertake our daily activities. To restructure and maintain the behaviours involves (where possible) moving “health” up our list of priorities

The WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour provide evidence-based public health recommendations for children, adolescents, adults and older adults on the amount of physical activity (frequency, intensity and duration) required to offer significant health benefits and mitigate health risks. For the first time, recommendations are provided on the associations between sedentary behaviour and health outcomes, as well as for subpopulations, such as pregnant and postpartum women, and people living with chronic conditions or disability. 

Adults should do at least 150– 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity; or at least 75–150 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity; or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity throughout the week, for substantial health benefits.

Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities at moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these provide additional health benefits.

Link to WHO Report