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GeneralDec 3, 2020

WHO guidelines: 'every move counts' in bid to raise activity levels worldwide

There is an onus on physiotherapists and other healthcare practitioners to support national attempts to promote physical activity levels and cut sedentary behaviours.

That is the theme of guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the end of last month. These urge health workers – and also those working in fields such as sport, education, transport and planning – to integrate attempts to promote people's physical activity levels into their routine practice.

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Launched at a time when Covid-19 is making many people house-bound, the guidelines stress that everyone – whatever their age or ability – can be physically active, and that every type of movement counts. According to the WHO, up to 5 million deaths could be averted annually if people around the world were more active.

The guidelines say adults should take at least 150-300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity a week, including those who have chronic conditions or disability. Children and adolescents should do so for 60 minutes a day.

Women should carry on being physically active during pregnancy 

While such levels might seem relatively modest to some, the WHO ha...

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