Physical activities

China issues first physical activity guideline to encourage outdoor exercise

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China on Wednesday released the country’s first physical activity guideline for citizens of all ages, especially those with chronic illnesses, with the aim of improving the health of the entire population, which faces a serious problem of aging, myopia and obesity.

Chen Junshi, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told Wednesday’s press conference that “physical activity” refers to activities in which skeletal muscle contractions cause energy expenditure. The concept of physical activity is not limited to certain activities, but includes all types and various intensities, that is, all kinds of activities that people do for different purposes throughout. a day all fall under the categories of physical activity.

The guideline, Physical Activity Guidelines for Chinese People (2021), provides detailed advice on the types and duration of exercise for different groups of people, encouraging them to do it safely and effectively. For children and adolescents, in addition to physical activity and outdoor activities, there are additional rules regarding screen time for their sight protection against myopia.

For adults, adequate aerobic exercise of moderate and high intensity is recommended, and most important is ensuring adequate activity throughout the day. While seniors are advised to do additional exercises that improve balance and flexibility, in addition to the physical activity recommended for adults. It would be best for older people to continue to exercise as much as they can, even if their health is limited.

The guideline plays a key role in improving people’s awareness of physical activity and improving their ability to perform exercise in a more scientific and effective manner.

It also serves as a technical support to promote and implement the prevention and control of chronic diseases, as the ultimate goal is to enable the masses to enjoy a better life through physical activities, and thus to help build a better life. more dynamic society.

China faces a growing aging problem. The population of people over 60 in China is expected to reach 28% by 2040, due to longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates. Meanwhile, about 52.7% of children and adolescents in China suffered from myopia in a survey targeting 2.48 million students from 8,604 schools in 2020, according to data released by the National Health Commission in July.

In December 2020, the Chinese State Council declared that more than 50% of Chinese adults were overweight. Overweight and obesity rates among urban and rural residents of all ages continue to rise. Almost 20 percent of children between 6 and 17 and 10 percent of children under 6 are obese. This means that people, especially children, should be encouraged to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

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