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By Chanah Rubenstein     Jan 5, 2011 in Health
In an effort to create more active Canadians, experts at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) are developing a new set of fitness guidelines that will make it easier to follow.
The new recommendations will reduce the amount of time they suggest Canadians exercise. Experts are hoping that by making the targets easier to reach, more Canadians will become active.
The new guidelines are being applied based on several studies that have shown you don’t need a great deal of time exercising to see the health benefits.
Currently, it’s recommended that children spend an hour and half per day devoted to physical activity. The new guidelines will have that number dropped down to an hour per day. The national guideline suggests adults spend 60 minutes a day breaking a sweat, but they will soon suggest only 150 minutes a week, which works out to just over 21 minutes a day. The new guidelines will call for seniors to also work out 150 minutes a week; down from its current 30 to 60 minutes a day.
Along with the planned revision to the fitness recommendations there will be a recommendation on a maximum time allotted to sedentary activities such as watching TV or playing computer games, reports CTV News.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) plan to unveil the new guidelines on January 24.
Working alongside ParticipAction, the agency created to inspire physical activity, the CSEP will issue a public information campaign to get Canadians moving, reports CTV News.
The new guidelines will declare that the more exercise, the better; though they will stress that something is better than nothing. Also, it recommends that more time be spent on aerobic activities (such as running), muscle and bone strengthening exercises and flexibility activities, such as yoga.
The experts note that vigorous activities, such as running, can achieve health benefits with only 90 minutes a week, CTV News reports.
“Moderate” activities, such as swimming, need only be carried out for 30 minutes, 5 times a week, to attain a healthy lifestyle.
The CSEP said that the new guidelines will meet standards set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) and countries such as Britain, the United States and Australia.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology released a newsletter discussing the proposed new guidelines. In it, they outline the process they underwent that led to the final recommendations.
The newsletter can be read here: (PDF File)
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