WHO prescribes ‘aerobics 150’ to stay fit

• The World Health Organisation (WHO) has prescribed 150 minutes of weekly physical activity.

• The WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health.

Key highlights

• The WHO has stated that physical inactivity is identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.

• Physical Inactivity has major implications for the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the general health of the world population.

• Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a non-infectious health condition that tend to be of long duration.

• They are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviours factors. Modifiable behaviours, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol, increase the risk of NCDs.

About procedures

• The WHO has prescribed adults between the ages of 18 to 64 to
• a) do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or

• b) do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or

• c) an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.

• The WHO has also noted that physical activity has psychological benefits. It helps in self-expression, building self-confidence, social interaction and integration.

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

Prelims Level: Aerobics 150

Mains level: WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity

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