WHO: Burn energy

ADULTS between the ages of 18 and 64 should work towards doing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week.

This advise was given by the World Health Organization in light of Monday’s celebrations of World Heart Day.

An important aspect of keeping a healthy heart is exercise and the WHO says adults and children must both exercise.

WHO’s Dr Cherian Varghese explains, “Adults aged 18-64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week”. For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week or engage in 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.”

Dr Varghese also advised that children between five and 17 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily.

“Physical activity of amounts greater than 60 minutes daily will provide additional health benefits.

“Exercise helps to use up energy, when people do not exercise, the energy taken in through the diet gets deposited in the body as fat — this is how people become obese.”

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