November 26 According to a report by the “Central News Agency” on the 25th, the coronavirus epidemic has ravaged the world, and many people were once forced to stay at home due to lockdown and other measures.
However, the World Health Organization pointed out that the coronavirus epidemic is not an excuse for insufficient exercise. Before the outbreak of the epidemic, many people lacked exercise.
November 25, Rudiger Krech, Director of the WHO Health Promotion Division, reportedly said: “WHO calls for people to continue to exercise during the epidemic. If we do not maintain exercise, we will face the risk of another disease pandemic caused by sedentaryness.”
Photo: On August 18, a fitness venue in Johannesburg, South Africa, was closed. Photo by Wang Xi, reporter of China News Service
The report pointed out that there are no exact statistics on how the coronavirus epidemic has affected people’s sports, but measures such as lockdown and gym closure have obviously forced many people to stay at home and disrupt regular exercise and daily fitness.
However, some data show that the vast majority of young people and many adults lacked exercise before the outbreak of the epidemic, which is worrying.
On November 25, WHO also posted on its official website that if the global population prefers activities, up to 5 million deaths can be avoided every year. Statistics also show that a quarter of adults and four in five teenagers do not have enough physical activity.
It is estimated that globally, this situation causes $54 billion in direct health care costs and $14 billion in productivity losses.
On the same day, the WHO health guidelines update also pointed out that all adults, including those with chronic diseases or disabilities, should have at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activities per week, and children and adolescents should reach an average of 60 minutes a day.
“This new guide highlights how important physical activity is to our heart, body and mind and how this welcome outcome will benefit everyone of all ages and abilities,” said Fiona Bull, director of the Physical Activity Division, which led the development of the new WHO guidance.