World Physical Therapy Day

 

 

 

 

 

September 8th of every year is earmarked as the #WorldPTDay World Physical Therapy Day.

Lots of people have benefitted from physical therapy and will still do.

The yearly event is to raise awareness using a certain theme!

This year the theme is “Movement For Health” and a primary focus on physical activity and the combating the increasing epidemic in people living with Non-Communicable Diseases. More emphasis is placed on increasing physical activity levels and decreasing sedentary levels.

More people are spending increasing hours in activities while seated such as – working at a desk, video games, television and more. The World Health Organisation recommends the following

5 – 17 years = at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day

18 – 64 years = at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per day. May increase to 300 minutes for greater benefits

65 years and above – at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per day. May increase to 300 minutes for greater benefits

 

Physical Therapists/Physiotherapists are movement specialists that can help design appropriate exercise routines.

 

Also, doing house chores, gardening counts at physical activity. The key is to keep moving to stay healthy

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