To Beat Obesity, Experts Lower Daily Dosage of Exercise

To beat the evil of obesity that is widespread in Canada a new Canadian research has recommended lower dosages of daily physical activity.

The research, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada is being used by the World Health Organization for developing national and international physical activity guidelines. The findings of the research have been published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Based on a detailed analysis of more than 500 research papers, the recommendations highlight adults aged between 18 to 65years should resort to at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity. For adults over 65years the routine should be for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity

On the other hand, the children and youth aged 5to 17years should have at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.

On comparing the exercise guidelines issued by Canada's Physical Activity Guide, the daisy dosage of physical activity for youngsters is at least 90mins, for adults it is 30 to 60 minutes minimum on most days of the week.

On release of the recommendations Dr. Mark Tremblay, Chairperson of the Group's Physical Activity Guidelines Committee said, "What the evidence is showing is that we've become so inactive, and fitness levels have declined so much, that it takes very little introduction of movement to produce improvements in health such as lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, better blood sugar regulation and improvements in other markers of chronic disease”.