*Physical inactivity responsible for 1.9million deaths
By Ayo Fasanmi, Ilorin
In spite of the known benefits of physical activities and exercise and its accessibility to all, over 60% of the world’s population is not physically active enough to gain health benefits, says Pharmacist Lanre Alege of the Pharmacy Department of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).
While delivering a lecture as part of the keep fit exercise, which was part of the activities marking the 56th birthday of Comrade Issa Aremu at the mini-bowl of the Kwara State Stadium Complex, Pharmacist Alege also added that physical inactivity is responsible for an estimated 1.9 million deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He highlighted some of the benefits of exercise and physical activities to include enhancing physical, mental and social wellbeing; improving the functioning of the heart, circulation and protect heart disease; reduces high blood pressure or the risk of developing it; improves muscular strength and helps to build bone density.
Other benefits, according to Pharmacist Alege includes reduction in the risk of premature death and promotion of longevity; makes one feel good, livelier and stronger for one’s age, and it is powerful anti-dependent, reduces anxiety and stress.
He therefore, recommended regular exercise for at least three to five times in a week, advising that regular exercise should be stopped if any pain, dizziness or fainting is developed.
He also advised that those with high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, bronchitis, joint pains or arthritis should see their doctor before starting exercise.
The celebrant, Comrade Issa Aremu, led hundreds of well wishers, friends, associates, old school mates and others in the 1.5 kilometre walking and jogging exercise, after which they embarked on a Charity Cycling exercise from Ibrahim Taiwo Road, through to Balogun Fulani Road and to Sobi Specialist Hospital, where he paid a visit and donated N250, 000 to Kwara Cycling coach, Oba Obalowu, who had an accident last year and is being treated at the medical institution.
He prayed for his quick recovery, even as he commended the Kwara state government for its support to the coach.
Comrade Issa Aremu, who commended those who participated in the activities, dedicated the exercise, including the book he launched, to the memory of his late wife, Hajia Hamdalat Abiodun Aremu, who died a year ago.
Meanwhile, governments at all levels have been charged to invest in sports development, in view of the attendant benefits.
The Secretary-General of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, Comrade Issa Aremu made the call, during his 56th birthday celebration yesterday in Ilorin.
Speaking after the 1.5 kilometre walking and jogging exercise at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, the Global Union Leader called on the Federal Government to implement all sports development agendas and to also prioritise the welfare of players and athletes, so as to get the best out of them.
He commended the Kwara state government for all its sports development efforts.