Guidelines on Exercise

The Department of Health has recently released guidelines on exercise across the lifespan which can be seen here and here. The main document is ‘Start Active, Stay Active’ which can be found here.   There are links to fact sheets on physical activity across the lifespan include those for working adults and older adults. For people aged 19 and above the recommended (vigorous) physical activity is 150 minutes each week complemented by muscle strengthening activity twice a week. The document outlines the risks associated with sedentary behaviour and identifies simple strategies for becoming more active. The association between exercise and illness reduction is also examined (e,g dementia). There are also examples of how actions can be taken at the community level to increase activity by focusing for example on parks and sports facilities in the area. There are links to documents from last year as well on sedentary behaviour and obesity, physical activity review and recommendations and appendices. There is a lot of useful material here both for health professionals and for the general population.

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