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Exercise

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's recommendation is for the amount of exercise people should take each week. (247917)

The Department’s recommendations on the amount of exercise people should take each week reflect the Chief Medical Officer’s views, set out in the report “At least five a week: Evidence on the impact of physical activity and its relationship to health” published in April 2004. A copy has been placed in the Library.

Children and young people should achieve a total of at least 60 minutes of at least moderate intensity physical activity each day. At least twice a week this should include activities to improve bone health (activities that produce high physical stresses on the bones), muscle strength and flexibility.

For general health benefit, adults should achieve a total of at least 30 minutes a day of at least moderate intensity physical activity on five or more days of the week.