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