WHO issues new exercise guidelines to fight COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a guideline on physical exercise for adults on November 25. The new guidelines would help adults build their immunity to fight the pandemic – COVID-19.
According to the new guidelines, each adult should train 150 minutes per week. When releasing the guidelines, the organization stressed that training is a vital factor for all age groups, especially given the sedentary lifestyle people are forced to live in due to the coronavirus.
“Being physically active is essential for health and well-being – it can help add years to life and life to years. Every move matters, especially now as we manage the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic. We all need to move every day. – safely and creatively, ”WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
The WHO has stressed that adults with disabilities or chronically ill need to exert more effort and train at least 150 to 300 minutes per week. Teens and children must manage 60 minutes of their training time to stay fit and fight the deadly virus.
A WHO study suggests that nearly five million deaths worldwide could be prevented per year if people just started to exercise. The guidelines also encourage pregnant women to exercise during and after pregnancy, for both mother and baby.
People over 65 should focus on balance, coordination, and muscle building for better health. The exercises would also help them prevent accidental falls.
Exercise, as recognized by the WHO, helps fight heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Studies also show that physical activity improves brain health and helps fight suicidal thoughts.