Even during a pandemic, doctors say physical activity is crucial for your health

People walk down a crowded path.
People walk and bike on the trails around Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis on April 5.
Evan Frost | MPR News file

Between working and learning from home, concerns about gyms and team sports, and the colder weather, it is difficult to stay physically active.

But the World Health Organization is recommending we start finding ways to keep moving.

According to its newly released guidelines, 1 in 4 adults don’t get enough exercise. 

“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,” according to a WHO press release. 

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A doctor and a personal trainer joined host Angela Davis to talk about the importance of physical activity during a pandemic and offer tips to do so safely.


  • Dr. William Roberts is the medical director for Twin Cities in Motion, former president of the American College of Sports Medicine, and current professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

  • Chuck Turner is a personal trainer based in St. Paul.

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