This includes new wearable sensor data on countering the risks published today in a dedicated special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) which Professor Stamatakis co-edited with Professor Fiona Bull, Director of WHO’s Physical Activity Unit and lead guide for guidelines.
In the In the editorial putting the WHO guidelines and the special issue of BJSM in context, the two write that progress on increasing population levels of physical activity has been slow and uneven. They suggest that the new guidelines coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst needed to shift physical activity from a ‘nice to do’ to ‘A must do ‘ To support health and well-being of peoples of all ages and walks of life.
The WHO’s Global Action Plan for Physical Activity 2018-2030 aims for a 15 percent improvement by 2030.
Associate Professor Ann Tiedemann, from the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Contributed to the WHO’s Guidelines Development Group Sub-Committee on Adult Adult Recommendations and said the new guidelines provide specific recommendations for age and age 65 adults.
In addition to the standard recommendations for adults, they suggest that older adults should also perform physical activities ‘multi-components’ that combine weight, coordination and muscle strengthening on three or more days each week to prevent falls and improve functional capacity.
“Falls can have devastating long-term consequences for an older person and be a major barrier to continued independence in old age. The inclusion of a specific recommendation for the type and amount of physical activity needed to prevent falls and improve physicality Functioning demonstrates the importance of the issues for older people and the critical role that physical activity plays, ”said Associate Professor Tiedemann.