Regular exercise contributes to prolonging life

Regular exercise contributes to prolonging life

• Up to five million deaths can be avoided if some physical activity is practiced, according to the WHO

• Held a conversation Exercising for a longer life? which was part of the Science and Humanities Festival.

During the discussion “Exercise in order to live longer”, held as part of the 10th edition of the Science and Humanities Fair – organized by the General Administration for the Dissemination of Science of UNAM – they emphasized the benefits for the body, although this practice is carried out in a moderate way.

According to the World Health Organization, up to five million deaths could be avoided if the world population were more active. All people, regardless of age and ability, can be physically active, because every type of movement counts, he says.

During the conversation moderated by Patricia Martínez Torreblanca, from the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National University, Ana Rosa Becerra Pérez, sports doctor and former collaborator of Universum, UNAM Science Museum, recalled that 20 percent more people climb the stairs for 120 minutes a week from those who do not.

WHO recommends at least 150 to 300 minutes of aerobic physical activity of moderate or vigorous intensity per week for adults, including people with chronic diseases or disabilities. Plus, an average of 60 minutes a day for children and teenagers, he noted.

Agency statistics, he added, show that one out of four adults and four out of five adolescents do not engage in enough physical activity. Globally, it is estimated to cost $54 billion in direct healthcare and a further $14 billion in lost productivity.

On that occasion, the sports doctor of UNAM, José Alberto Rodríguez Rodríguez, said that exercise must be adapted to us and not interrupted for more than 72 hours to avoid regression in what was exercised. In case this happens, start the routines gradually, always from less to more.

Ricardo Omar Ugalde Ramírez, also a sports doctor at the National University, specified that physical activity includes movement and exercise of gradual exercise, while sport includes the rules of the game, competition and the goal of victory.

Regular physical activity is key to preventing and helping to manage heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer; also, to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, manage stress better; and slow cognitive decline.

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