New UK physical activity guidelines launched


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:

  • Under-fives
    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.

3 responses to “New UK physical activity guidelines launched

  1. Neil Shipley

    mmmmmmm Medical Ofiicers. Instead of dictating guidleines and minimum requirements – why don’t they just get on the case of GPs and start referring obese and pre contemplative exercise patients to Personal Trainers. This will cut the NHS bill – not tummy tucks or bands!!

    Neil Shipley

  2. Darren Bradley

    because most personal trainers think the best way to train someone is to simply ‘beast’ them….just like the shows we see on TV, that add fuel to the fire! I know a heck of a lot of personal trainers and not many of them understand the complexities of the (obese) individual or the potential risks involved. Personal Trainers are not the answer, better lifestyle support and knowledge from the government, more preventive interventions for those ‘at risk’ and cheaper; more available means for society to take up physical activity would do a whole lot more than a personal trainer ever could.

  3. Neil Shipley

    Who from the government? Who would support? Who would intervene to prevent? Who would supervise physical activity? This is a typical foggy liberal answer that does not address the question. I suggest that you know nothing about personal trainers or indeed about the qualifications in weight mangagement that most possess. I work with a variety of people with weight management issues and donate my free time to kids camps and help out with diabetic clinics. Perhaps you would like to get off your couch and look beyond the TV screen to see the good work personal trainers do!

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