80% OF YOUNG PEOPLE NOT GETTING ENOUGH EXERCISE: WHO
Move your body: It seems like basic advice for living a relatively healthy life, but the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that about 80 per cent of young people aren't doing it enough, Deutsche Presse-Aghentur (dpa) reported on November 27, 2020.
"Every movement counts," says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "All of us need to move daily, in safe and creative ways," he adds. Children and teens should get at least an hour of activity, says WHO.
WHO recommends that adults get at least two-and-a-half to five hours a week of activity - or roughly 21 minutes a day. At the moment, more than a quarter of adults aren't reaching this tally. A lack of activity and resulting health issues cost health systems worldwide $54 billion every year.
The recommendations also apply to people with chronic illnesses or handicaps. Pregnant and nursing women should also remain active, while people older than 65 should also incorporate balance and coordination exercises and work on building up their muscle strength.