UK-wide physical activity guidelines launched!
The new Physical Activity Guidelines are the first UK-wide guidelines to be published - helping to ensure consistent messaging around physical activity across the four home countries.
The guidelines form part of Start Active, Stay Active, a report from all four Chief Medical Officers across the UK. This report describes the evidence behind the development of the new guidelines, illustrates how an individual could achieve their physical activity requirements and sets out what different sectors can do to implement the guidelines.
Published alongside the report are associated fact sheets for each of the four age groups covered in the guidelines, which have been produced to help organisations understand and implement the guidelines with their own target populations.
**The full report and factsheets can be downloaded below**
The new guidelines are broadly similar to the previous home country guidelines but allow more flexibility in achieving the recommended levels of physical activity. This is consistent with the latest evidence on the type, duration, intensity and frequency of physical activity required for health and wellbeing benefits.
The main elements of the guidelines focus on:
• more emphasis vigorous intensity and muscle strengthening activity;
• the inclusion of early years guidelines;
• bespoke guidelines for older adults;
• encouragement of a life course approach to physical activity;
• recommendations for minimising sedentary behaviour.
Who are they for?
The guidelines are for everyone across the population and organisations are encouraged to utilise the guidelines to create appropriate messages for their target audiences.
The report and its guidelines are aimed at the NHS, Local Authorities and a range of other organisations designing services to promote physical activity. The report is intended for professionals, practitioners and policymakers concerned with formulating and implementing policies and programmes that utilise the promotion of physical activity, sport, exercise and active travel to achieve health gains.
These scientifically informed guidelines not only help inform the work of health professionals and policy makers but can also help individuals to take responsibility for their lifestyle choices. Greater flexibility in achieving the adult guidelines will make it easier to for people to build activity into busy lives without losing any of the health benefits.
Physical activity should be encouraged across the population. The risks of engaging in physical activity are low for most people, but the risks of poor health resulting from inactivity are high.
Where can I find them?
The full report can be downloaded below in addition to various fact sheets and other useful documents.