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“Some exercise is good, more is better,” say medical chiefs in new guidance

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 07 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5470

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When it comes to physical activity some is good, but more is better

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

New mothers should undertake a moderate amount of exercise to help them regain strength, ease back pain, and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, the UK’s four chief medical officers have advised.

The recommendation is included in updated physical activity guidelines, which include advice on safe levels of activity for pregnant and postpartum women. The guidelines update the existing 2011 physical activity guidance for all age groups, drawing on the latest evidence available.

The updated guidelines emphasise the importance of building strength and balance, as well as cardiovascular exercise for adults. Adults aged 19-64 are advised to undertake strength based activities—such as …

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