Physical Activity

 

There are many benefits to being more physically active. It helps to manage weight, prevent ill health, boost energy levels and helps us to relax and reduce stress.

To stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do:

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week

And

  • Strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Older adults aged 65 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily and should do:

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or walking every week

And

  • Strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

You should also try to break up long periods of sitting with light activity. Sitting for long periods of time is now considered a risk factor for ill health, no matter how much exercise you do.

Older adults at risk of falls, such as people with weak legs, poor balance and some medical conditions, should do exercises to improve balance and co-ordination on at least two days a week. Examples include yoga, tai chi and dancing.

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