WHO recommends five hours of weekly exercise, also during lockdown

November 25, 2020 7:26 PM

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Practice about five hours of physical exercise a week can prevent diseases and avoid five million annual deaths at planetadvises the World Health Organization (WHO) in its new guide on physical activity, which does not forget people greater Y confined populations by pandemic

“Increase the physical activity not only helps prevent coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes or cancer, but also improves memory and reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression or cognitive decline “, highlighted in the presentation of the new guide the director of Health Promotion of the WHO, Ruediger Krech.

The document, which for the first time also includes recommendations specific to pregnant women o en postpartum period, as well as for people with chronic ailments and people with disability, also recommends replacing as much as possible activities sedentary by physical exercise.

The physical inactivity, Krech stressed at a press conference, “it has a high economic cost for society”, which is around USD 54 billion per health care plus 14 billion derived from the loss of productivity.

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