How much workout do you need in a day?

This post was triggered by my guilt of doing absolutely no workout these days.

Came across an article in BBC’s website which said that according to the chief medical officer (government’s top dostor) in UK, this is what you need to do at a minimum:

  • Adults should do a minimum of 30 minutes moderate-intensity physical activity, five days a week.
  • You don’t have to do the whole 30 minutes in one go. Your half-hour could be made up of three ten-minute bursts of activity spread through the day, if you prefer.
  • The activity can be a ‘lifestyle activity’ (in other words, walking to the shops or taking the dog out) or structured exercise or sport, or a combination of these. But it does need to be of at least moderate intensity.
  • People who are at specific risk from obesity, or who need to manage their weight because of a medical condition, need 45-60 minutes of exercise at least five times a week.

For older people it is more important to maintain mobility through daily activities and in case they are mobile enough the above apply to them also.

Also, this particular article in the website of an international charity organization which works for older people gives a few helpful tips:

  • If you are heading for the hills and are unused to them, build up muscle strength gradually by brisk walking on the flat first. By far the most damaging form of exercise is running downhill, when the muscles are used as brakes: unless you have done this most of your life, avoid running down mountains or very steep hills. Even walking down a steep hill should be done carefully.

Avoid exercise if you are unwell, particularly if you have a significant infection – you may damage your muscles. Don’t immobilise yourself during illness however – it’s vital to keep moving about to avoid the risk of thrombosis and muscle wasting. Gentle pottering in your own home is the most you should attempt until you are fully recovered.


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