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Move8 Fitness Podcast launches!

Fitness advocacy platform by Asia Fitness Today News Network has launched a podcast series, Move8 Fitness Podcast to bring together the voices of health & fitness professionals.

Move8 is a fitness movement that advocates wellness education and action, making fitness accessible to all layers of society. The movement was founded by founders of health & wellness media website Asia Fitness Today and podcast co-hosts Nikki Yeo & Jasmine Low as a way to get more people moving, head outdoors to enjoy nature and living their best lives. The duo scour the Asia Pacific region in search of everyday heroes who use their own fitness for good and find out what’s their secret to happiness.

Episode 1: Sally Sukkar, bodybuilder & fitness coach
Episode 1: Sally Sukkar on achieving her bodybuilding goals

The Move8 Fitness Podcast launched with the first episode featuring health advocate Sally Sukkar from the ME Movement ( Based out of Sydney, Australia, Sally helps people look and feel great in movement, mindset and health.

Here’s a list of her credentials:

  • Bachelor Of Exercise and Sport Science (Majoring in health promotion)
  • Sports Nutrition Certificate
  • 4x bodybuilding competitor
  • Kettlebell, TRX, SPIN, Powerlifting, Olympic lifting qualifications (psst just to name a few)
  • Rolling out a foundations of movement course
  • Sally also loves her food and family
  • Sally sings! No really, she does! Listen until the end of the podcast.

The podcast series aims to create a snowball of activity, exercise and action to get people back into shape and healthy post-pandemic.

Episode 2: Ryan Hogan, CEO Les Mills Asia Pacific

In the second episode, we meet Ryan Hogan, CEO of Les Mills Asia Pacific who is pursuing a mission for a fitter, healthier planet! Originally from Canada, Ryan has been spearheading the fitness industry for the last two decades and one of his best known work is at FILEX – THE largest leading Fitness Education Event. He oversees Les Mills in over 14 countries from Canberra, Australia to Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Guam and Papua New Guinea. Read the full transcript here.

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Every move counts towards better health – says WHO

30 November 2020 via AFTNN/PRNewsGIG

Up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are home bound due to COVID-19, new WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, launched today, emphasize that everyone, of all ages and abilities, can be physically active and that every type of movement counts.

The new guidelines recommend at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week for all adults, including people living with chronic conditions or disability, and an average of 60 minutes per day for children and adolescents.

WHO statistics show that one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents, do not get enough physical activity.  Globally this is estimated to cost US$54 billion in direct health care and another US$14 billion to lost productivity.

The guidelines encourage women to maintain regular physical activity throughout pregnancy and post-delivery. They also highlight the valuable health benefits of physical activity for people living with disabilities.

Older adults (aged 65 years or older) are advised to add activities which emphasize balance and coordination, as well as muscle strengthening, to help prevent falls and improve health.

Regular physical activity is key to preventing and helping to manage heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and cancer, as well as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, reducing cognitive decline, improving memory and boosting brain health.

“Being physically active is critical for health and well-being – it can help to add years to life and life to years,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Every move counts, especially now as we manage the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic. We must all move every day – safely and creatively.” 

All physical activity is beneficial and can be done as part of work, sport and leisure or transport (walking, wheeling and cycling), but also through dance, play and everyday household tasks, like gardening and cleaning.

“Physical activity of any type, and any duration can improve health and wellbeing, but more is always better,” said Dr Ruediger Krech, Director of Health Promotion, World Health Organization, “and if you must spend a lot of time sitting still, whether at work or school, you should do more physical activity to counter the harmful effects of sedentary behaviour.”

“These new guidelines highlight how important being active is for our hearts, bodies and minds, and how the favourable outcomes benefit everyone, of all ages and abilities”, said Dr Fiona Bull, Head of the Physical Activity Unit which led the development of the new WHO guidelines.

WHO encourages countries to adopt the global guidelines to develop national health policies in support of the WHO Global action plan on physical activity 2018-2030. The plan was agreed by global health leaders at the 71st World Health Assembly in 2018 to reduce physical inactivity by 15% by 2030.

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