Adhering to the western exercise regimen is not beneficial to Indians who need to work out more if they are to maintain their health, a series of discussions between international scientists reveal.
More than 130 scientists took part in the Consensus Physical Activity Guidelines for Asian Indians from a number of countries including India, US, Britain and Australia. The researchers agreed on the point that genetic differences between westerners and Indians mean that the later will have to work harder in order to remain fit.
A 45-minute walk every three days a week is recommended by the American Diabetic Association for people living in western countries but Indians will have to work out for at least one hour each day of the week because of genetic differences which increase the risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease and metabolic complications.
"A majority of Indians lead a sedentary lifestyle, thanks to the rapid economic and demographic transformation of India. Exercise should become top of the agenda for every Indian", National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation's Dr Anoop Misra said.