The four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMO) have published activity guidelines for under fives; children and young people; adults and older adults. These guidelines have a renewed focus on being active everyday and spell out the recommended minimum levels of activity for each age group:
180 minutes – (three hours) – each day, once a child is able to walk.
For non-walkers physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments.
- Children and young people (5-18 year olds)
60 minutes and up to several hours every day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity. Three days a week should include vigorous intensity activities that strengthen muscle and bone.
- Adults (19-64 years old) and older people (65+)
150 minutes – (two and half hours) – each week of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (and adults should aim to do some physical activity every day). Muscle strengthening activity should also be included twice a week.
The Start Active, Stay Active guidelines outline the health benefits of an active lifestyle and highlight the risks of sedentary behaviour. To read more/download copies of the factsheets click here.