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Exercise recommendations by WHO to avoid early death


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Experts have long warned those who are sedentary for much of the day could face an early death.

WHO recommended 150 to 300 minutes of moderate exercise like brisk walking, dancing or even raking leaves – a week.

Alternatively 75 to 100 minutes of vigorous exercise such as jogging, cycling or carrying heavy objects – every seven days.

“Indoor options like climbing the stairs, active play with children or pets, dancing, or online yoga or pilates classes" - Emmanuel Stamatakis, Professor.

People without fitness should start small and gradually build up the frequency, intensity and duration of their physical activity.

People aged 65 or over should focus on strength training and moderate intensity on three or more days a week.

Pregnant women and those who have recently given birth should continue to be active.

Coincides with a study at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, who analysed over 44,000 adults.

Recommendations by WHO published in British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Exercise is the key to fight early death in people who sit for prolonged hours

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The journal of sports and exercise medicine is published semi-monthly and co-owned with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine


Professor of Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Population Health at University of Sydney.


Public university for education related to sport sciences.


Specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health