How much physical activity should you be doing?
According to new research published by the British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC), nearly two thirds (62.3%) of adults do not know the physical activity guidelines.
Current recommendations in the UK, from the chief medical officer, advise adults to accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week, yet only 57% of people in Leicester-Shire and Rutland report to achieve these levels of physical activity.
The Chief Medical Officer has released a number of guidelines on the amount of physical activity we should be doing throughout our lifecourse.
- Early Years (Under 5's; for infants no yet walking)
- Early Years (Under 5's capable of walking)
- Children and Young People (5-18 years)
- Adults (19-64 years)
- Older Adults (65+ years)
Whatever your age, there is plenty of scientific evidence that being physically active can help you to lead a healthier and happier life. Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
One way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week. You can tell when your activity is moderate intensity because you will breathe faster, experience an increase in heart rate and feel warmer. Shorter sessions of physical activity offer an easier starting point for people who have been inactive for some time, and for those who have busy lives and find it hard to prioritise activity.
Why should you be doing physical activity? Most people know that exercise is good for your health, but here are many more benefits to getting physically active.
- Health Benefits: prevention and control of numerous illnesses, helps to maintain strong and healthy bones/joints/muscles, helps with weight control.
- Social Benefits: meet new people, take up a new hobby, do activities with your friends and family.
- Wellbeing Benefits: improve your mood, improve your confidence, reduce stress, gain more self-esteem.
For more information, visit Make your Move: Leicestershire and Rutland Sport Make your move
For information on Physical Activites locally visit: North West Leicestershire Leisure
Last updated: Mon 22 July, 2019 @ 11:17