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National Physical Activity Guidelines

UK Physical Activity Guidelines

The Department of Health and Social Care have released a set of physical activity guidelines to help assist health professionals, policymakers and others working to promote physical activity, sport and exercise for health benefits.

This is a response to the raising levels of chronic health conditions that we see in today's society. In a bid to improve the UK population's health and wellbeing, physical activity guidelines have been set out how to get active as easy as possible.

  • UK Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity Guidelines UK Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity Guidelines (PDF, 4.5 Mb)

    This report is a UK-wide document presenting the UK Chief Medical Officers' (CMO) new Physical Activity Guidelines for different age groups, covering the volume, duration, frequency and type of physical activity required across the life course to achieve general health benefits. The guidelines present thresholds for the achievement of optimal health benefits at the recommended levels of physical activity in terms of strength, moderate and vigorous physical activity, and balance activities.

    This is an update on the previous 2011 guidelines.

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    Physical Activity For Early Years Birth To 5

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    Physical Activity For Children And Young People 5 To 18 Years

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    Physical Activity For Adults And Older Adults

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    Physical Activity For Disabled Adults

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    Physical Activity For Pregnant Women

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    Physical Activity For Women After Childbirth Birth To 12 Months