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Move Your Body for 5 Minutes Every Hour: Experts

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 March 2021 06:11 AM

The pandemic lockdown significantly reduced the amount of light physical activity performed by people of all physical abilities. Researchers from King’s College London studied the activity levels of study participants from 2019 to 2020, including those in wheelchairs, and found a substantial decrease caused by COVID-19.

According to Scienmag, the scientists used accelerometers to measure the activity intensity, frequency, and time in vigorous, moderate, light, and inactive categories. They found that before COVID-19 forced us into lockdown, the average participants did 84.5 minutes of light activity daily and had a low rate of hourly movement. During lockdown, the average activity level dropped 25 minutes daily while the measure of hourly movement fell by 11%. People who were moderately or vigorously active before the pandemic did not have significant changes in their physical activity levels.

Experts say that the changes in light activity noticed by the researchers is likely due to the tightening of social restrictions including going to work. While light activity is not formally associated with exercise, the authors noted that even regular movement throughout the day can improve health outcomes for everyone, even those with underlying medical conditions, according to Scienmag.

“Even people who don’t do much exercise have been impacted by lockdown inactivity,” said Sarah Roberts-Lewis, Ph.D., who led the latest study and is an expert in neuroscience at King’s College London. “During COVID-19 lockdown, our study detected an extra hour per day of inactivity in disabled and independent adults with neuromuscular diseases. Moving less is detrimental to health. Reduced activity can be especially harmful for those with neuromuscular conditions, disabilities, or advanced age.”

According to TIME, under the best of circumstances Americans don’t like to work out and federal statistics reveal that only 25% of us got the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise or the 75 minutes of vigorous workouts weekly before lockdown. Experts say that emerging data shows that Americans are now more sedentary than ever.

Roberts-Lewis says that her recommendations based on the study is that everyone should move their bodies for 5 minutes every hour and include 30 minutes of extra light activity such as yoga or chair exercises daily, according to Scienmag.

The World Health Organization (WHO) offers exercise guidelines for people of all age groups and physical abilities and states “every move counts.”

WHO defines physical activity as “any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure.” That definition incudes getting to and from places including work, says the organization. 

Suggested ways to include more daily movement ae walking, cycling, sports, or play at any level of skill which should be enjoyable so that it is sustainable. WHO adds that regular physical activity has been proven to help prevent and manage noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and several forms of cancer. It can also prevent high blood pressure, obesity, and improve mental health and well-being.

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The pandemic lockdown significantly reduced the amount of light physical activity performed by people of all physical abilities. Researchers from King's College London studied the activity levels of study participants from 2019 to 2020...
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