Physical inactivity responsible for 1.9m deaths globally - Expert

Date: 2017-01-09

A pharmacist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Lanre Alege, says physical inactivity is responsible for an estimated 1.9 million deaths worldwide.

Alege, who was quoting World Health Organisation statistics, said this on Sunday in Ilorin while delivering a lecture as part of a keep fit exercise.

The exercise, which was part of the activities marking the 56th birthday of a labour leader, Issa Aremu, held at the Kwara State Stadium Complex. Aremu is the Secretary-General of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria.

Alege also said that over 60 per cent of the world's population were not physically active enough to gain health benefits. He said some of the benefits of exercise and physical activities include enhancing physical, mental and social wellbeing.

The pharmacist also said that exercise improves the functioning and protection of the heart and reduces high blood pressure or the risk of developing it, while improving muscular strength and building bone density.

He recommended regular exercise for at least three to five times in a week, advising, however, that regular exercise should be stopped if any pain, dizziness or fainting developed.

Alege also advised that those with high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, bronchitis, joint pains and arthritis should see their doctor before starting exercise.

Aremu had led hundreds of well wishers, friends and associates in the 1.5km walk and jogging exercise. A charity cycling exercise from Ibrahim Taiwo Road through Balogun Fulani Road to Sobi Specialist Hospital also held.

Aremu donated N250,000 to Kwara State Cycling Coach, Oba Obalowu, who had an accident last year and was being treated at the tertiary health institution.

The labour leader, who prayed for Obalowu's quick recovery, commended the Kwara State Government for its support to the coach.

Also commending those who participated in his birthday programme, he dedicated the exercise, including the book he launched, to the memory of his late wife, Hamdalat, who died a year ago. He urged governments at all levels to invest in sports development in view of the benefits.

Aremu also urged the Federal Government to implement all sports development programmes while prioritising the welfare of players and athletes.

Source

Click to add/read Comments


Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Funke Adedoyin     Fatai Olodo     Bola Iyabo Ibiyeye Adisa     Diagnostic Centre     Sa'adu Gambari     Abiodun Jacob Ajiboye     Sunday Fagbemi     Kwara United     Kwara Restoration Project     Ahmed Mohammed Rifun     Leke Ogungbe     George Innih     Femi Gbajabiamila     Abdulwahab Ololele     Mamatu Abdullahi     Okedare     Fatai Garuba Labaka     Oyelere Oyinloye     Taofik Abdulkareem     Gobirawa     Kayode Ogunlowo     Olusola Saraki     Alloy Chukwuemeka     Makama Of Ilorin     Moses Salami     Samuel Adaramola     Muftau Akanbi Oke     Omotosho     Abdulazeez Arowona     Council Of The Wise     Kwabes     Abdulkadir Akanbi-Oke     Arca Santa     Modibbo Kawu     Jimba Babatunde     Wasiu Odewale     Allocation     Akorede     Abdulrazaq Magaji     Cbt     Geri-Alimi Split Diamond Interchange     Hausa     Umar Ahmed Gunu     Onilu     Valsolar Consultoria     Iyiola Oyedepo     Basit Olatunji     Ahman Patigi     Vasolar Consultoria     Shehu Jimoh     Bayo Onimago     Ilota     Seni Saraki     Amuda Aluko     Quran     Rafiu Ibrahim     Apaokagi     Mufti Of Ilorin     Shehu Alimi Foundation     Olaitan Adefila     Boko Haram     Kwara Politics     Binta Abubakar-Mora     Kayode Oyin-Zubair     Ibrahim Oniye     Kwara Coalition Of Business And Professional Associations     Yinka Aluko     Ilorin     Taofik Abdulkareem Babaita     Na'Allah     Yakubu Shaaba     JAMB     Lola Ashiru     Hamza Usman     Centre For Peace And Strategic Studies     Abubakar Abdulraheem     Abdullahi Adisa Akodudu