SINGAPORE — The Singapore Physical Activity Guidelines (SPAGs) were unveiled on Sunday June 12 to provide Singaporeans of all ages with recommendations on physical activities to benefit their health and well-being.
The guidelines are developed by Sport Singapore (SportSG) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB), and are revised from the National Physical Activity Guidelines published in 2011, as well as the National Physical Activity Guidelines for children and young people under the age of 18 published. in 2013.
With a focus on encouraging a variety of physical activities and reducing sedentary behaviors, the guidelines provide Singaporeans with detailed recommendations on the duration, intensity, frequency and type of physical activities.
Singaporeans can better understand the amount of physical activity needed to achieve desired health benefits and learn what type of exercise is appropriate for their age group and lifestyle.
For example, preschoolers should aim to meet the recommendation of at least 180 minutes of physical activity per day through a range of activities including social play and a variety of movements such as running, jumping and throwing. to develop their fundamental motor skills.
For adults, the guidelines recommend at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, and to strengthen muscles, bones and joints through a variety of moderate- or vigorous-intensity activities on at least two days. per week.
Recommendations for pregnant and postpartum women, and people with disabilities (PwD) have also been added to the revised set of guidelines.
A culmination of research studies, new evidence over the past decade
SPAG is jointly developed by experts from the fields of medicine, health promotion, sport and research, and is the culmination of a thorough review of research studies and new evidence that has emerged over the of the last decade.
The new guidelines serve to support the nation in improving public health outcomes. They provide benchmarks for stakeholders, including health and fitness professionals, as well as policy makers and community leaders who play a key role in creating an ecosystem that supports and enables active living.
SPAG is also developed with the inclusion of practical advice and case studies to educate the community to make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being.
The SPAG recommendations aim to promote a variety of activities to achieve the five key components of physical activity – aerobic fitness, muscle strength, bone strength, flexibility and balance.
“With the increasing use of digital devices in our daily lives, it is important to find ways in our lifestyle habits to move more and break up sedentary time,” said Koh Peng Keng, Acting General Manager and Director of operation of HPB.
“With recommendations on the type, amount and intensity of physical activity for different segments of the population, we encourage all Singaporeans to engage in varied exercises and activities to achieve holistic health outcomes. “
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