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.