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Exercise guidelines excessive

Healthcare professionals have been warned that the current exercise guidelines are unrealistic.

According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) emphasis needs to be placed upon changing attitudes towards exercise, getting inactive people to run more.

They argue that the current 150 minute, or 2.5hrs, a week exercise targets are difficult to strive for and could mean the benefits of light exercise are overlooked.

Researchers say current exercise guidelines are unrealistic and argue that doctors should sometimes advise small increases in activity instead.

But Philipe de Souto Barreto from the Institute of Ageing at the University Hospital of Toulouse, France advises people who are sedentary to make “small incremental increases in their activity levels - rather than pushing to achieve current goals”.

Prof Kevin Fenton at Public Health England, says: "Everyone needs to be active every day - bouts of 10 or more minutes of physical activity have proven health benefits, but getting 150 minutes or more of moderate activity every week is the amount we need to positively impact on a wide range of health conditions.

"This includes reducing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes."