New exercise guidelines have been issued by the chief medical officer in the UK.
They are based on a comprehensive review of the latest scientific evidence regarding physical activty and health.
The new guidelines include the following points:
•The intensity at which we exercise is key, and light activity such as strolling and housework is unlikely to have much positive impact on the health of most people. For aerobic exercise to be beneficial it must raise your heartbeat and make you sweat.
•The more exercise you do, the better. Everyone should do a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise but that really is the minimum for health benefits. If you can go beyond 150 minutes, you’ll gain even more health benefits.
•Sedentary time (time spent sitting down to watch TV, use a computer, read or listen to music) is bad for your health, even for those who are achieving 150 minutes of exercise a week.
The guidelines, which are now much more in line with those used in the US, also include recommendations for muscle-building and bone strengthening activities such as lifting weights and yoga.
Whilst I agree with the muscle building, questions need to be raised on how people will interpret light activities such as strolling? surely walking is one of the best activities one can undertake?
I also take the 'sedentary time' comments as contextual, as part of a busy lifestyle surely reading and/or listening to music is good for the soul, stress relieving and goes far beyond mere physical health benefits.
I wish so called expert reports would take a more holistic view and not just write their pure scientific facts as these can clearly be misinterpretted.
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