Physical activity plays a vital role in keeping us all healthy, so it is very important to be physically active on a regular basis.
In general, the more we do, the greater the benefit, so let’s get moving!
The information in this section How much physical activity do I need will cover:
- Physical activity guidelines
- Benefits of physical activity
- Physical activity recommendations for:
- Early years (0-5 years)
- Young children (5-18 years)
- Adults (19-64 years)
- Older adults (over 65 years)
- People living with a disability
- Sedentary behaviour
Are we meeeting the government guidelines for physical activity?
Currently in the UK however a large percentage of the population are not meeting the recommendations for physical activity to keep healthy, and being inactive is a problem at every age.
The table below shows the physical activity recommendations and the percentage of the population that meets them in England and Scotland.
|Age||Recommendation||Percentage meeting recommendation|
|2-4 years||at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day||9%||10%|
|5-10 years||at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day||25%||20%|
|11-15 years||at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day||17%||11%|
|19–64 years||Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity||67%||55%|
|65+ years||Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity||
Age 65 – 74
Age 65 – 74
Source: British Heart Foundation (2015) Physical Activity Statistics 2015. https://www.bhf.org.uk/publications/statistics/physical-activity-statistics-2015#