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Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Children and adolescents aged 5-17 years should be given physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day – NCPH MH RK


Experts of the National Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan on physical activity as a major factor in health promotion.

Passivity during leisure, sedentary lifestyle at work and at home, “passive” modes of transport contribute to insufficient physical activity. In the twenty-first century, a sedentary lifestyle becomes the number one problem, so if you want to live long, be healthy, fight it! Physical activity is one of the main factors for health promotion. According to WHO, physical activity is any kind of body movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy, including activity during work, play, homework, travel, and recreational activities. Exercise can be divided into aerobic, anaerobic and flexibility exercises. Aerobic exercises include jogging and cycling at an average pace, dancing, swimming. By anaerobic classes include strength training equipment and “iron”,

Principles of physical activity recommended by WHO:

Children and adolescents aged 5�17 years should do physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day. Physical activity aimed at the development of the musculoskeletal system should be practiced at least three times a week. Adults aged 18�64 years old are advised to take physical activity for at least 150 minutes, and adults aged 65 and over – 150 minutes per week or at least 75 minutes per week. Strength training involving major muscle groups should be performed twice a week or more often. Regular physical activity improves the state of the muscles, heart and respiratory system; bone condition and functional health. Reduces the risk of developing hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, various types of cancer, and depression; risk of falls, as well as fractures of the femoral neck and spine.

Source: Central Communications Service of the Ministry of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan