The World Health Organization says people need to get more active, insisting that up to 5 million deaths worldwide could be avoided each year if people would run, walk and simply move more
The findings come as the Geneva-based agency, which is coordinating the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, released an update on “WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behavior” — building upon and expanding recommendations in the previous guidelines published a decade ago.
“Physical activity of any type and any duration can improve health and well-being, but more is always better,” said Dr. Ruediger Krech, WHO’s director of health promotion. “If you must spend a lot of time sitting still, whether at work or school, you should do more physical activity to counter the harmful effects of sedentary behavior.”
Regular physical activity is important to help prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer while also reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and “boosting brain health,” WHO said in a statement. People aged over 65 should focus on balance, coordination and muscle strength “to help prevent falls,” it said.