As of the time of this writing, The Biden Administration has not expressed any plans for a national lockdown.
This could certainly change in the coming months, but Moderna and Pfizer’s recent vaccine trials have blunted the utility of shelter in place mandates; saying nothing of the social backlash associated with commercial immobility.
Still, we’re in the middle of a pandemic and some experts are confident that the worst is yet to come.
In order to safely engage with the world around us, it’s important to adhere to guidance published by public health officials.
The latest—a 92-page paper on physical activity— was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this week.
Before quarantine inspired mass lounging, the world was already on the verge of a sedentary-pandemic.
In the new report, the authors indicated that more than 25% of adults and roughly 81% of adolescents fail to meet physical health recommendations established by the WHO back in 2010.
More grimly, four to five million deaths per year could be prevented if the world at large was more active.
“WHO defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure. Physical activity refers to all movement including during leisure time, for transport to get to and from places, or as part of a person’s work. Both moderate- and vigorous-intensity physical activity improve health,” the organization wrote.
“Popular ways to be active include walking, cycling, wheeling, sports, active recreation and play, and can be done at any level of skill and for enjoyment by everybody. Regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and manage non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and several cancers. It also helps prevent hypertension, maintains healthy body weight, and can improve mental health, quality of life, and well-being.”
Meta-analysis featured in the assessment concluded that people who are insufficiently active endure a 30% risk increase of death compared to people who are sufficiently active.
The values that define sufficient physical activity are primarily determined by age.
For children between the ages of 5 and 17, WHO recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity per day.
Adults between the ages of 18 and 64 years should try to aim for a minimum of 3 to 5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or at least 75-150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity a week.
“All pregnant and postpartum women without contraindication should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week. incorporate a variety of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and limit the amount of time spent being sedentary,” WHO continued.
The paper additionally provides physical activity guidelines for those living with various medical conditions, alongside a list of complication that affects those who live sedentary lifestyles.
It’s much harder to remain active in the time of COIVD, so be sure to check out Ladders’ at-home workout guide.
“Regular physical activity, such as walking, cycling, wheeling, doing sports or active recreation, provides significant benefits for health. Some physical activity is better than doing none. By becoming more active throughout the day in relatively simple ways, people can easily achieve the recommended activity levels,” WHo concluded.
“Countries and communities must take action to provide everyone with more opportunities to be active, in order to increase physical activity. This requires a collective effort, both national and local, across different sectors and disciplines to implement policy and solutions appropriate to a country’s cultural and social environment to promote, enable, and encourage physical activity.”