The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released a new guideline for the use of exercise in adults, recommending that all adults should be physically active at least 15 minutes per day.
According to the AHA, this can be done with various activities such as: swimming, biking, jogging, hiking, and yoga.
The guideline recommends that adults should use these activities every day, but that the most important activity is “exercise.”
“Exercise is a simple, effective way to improve health, promote physical activity, reduce chronic disease, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said AHA President Dr. Stephen L. Lott in a statement.
“It’s not a ‘sport’ but an activity that has proven to be very beneficial in terms of reducing the risk and increasing the quality of life for adults.”
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) also released a statement on the importance of exercise.
“The American Heart Foundation has been working with the American College’s Committee on Exercise and Health for several years to develop a new policy on the use and prevention of exercise,” said Dr. Michael D. Lipski, MD, a former US Surgeon General and chairman of the ACSM board.
“We have concluded that the current guideline is not sufficient and that a new one is needed.
We also need to be aware of the potential health benefits of exercising in addition to the benefits of physical activity.”
The AHA’s guidelines are the first of its kind.
Dr. Lipksi also noted that while exercise is good for the body, it can also lead to some negative health effects.
“Exercise may not be the most efficient or safe form of physical exercise,” he said.
“But it is an important part of health and well-being.”
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