New physical activity guidelines highlight importance of strength and balance activities

The UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) published updated physical activity guidelines this week. The recommendations are broken into different categories but the over-arching message is that some is good, more is better.

The guidelines have not changed significantly but highlight the importance of regular strength and balance activities for all age groups. For children and young people it is recommended three times a week and for adults at least twice a week. All groups are also encouraged to limit sedentary time and replace this with light intensity physical activity wherever possible.

AoC Sport fed into the CMO consultations over a year ago using feedback from the Curriculum Advisory Group to represent the sector’s view.

The guidance for 5-18 year olds is that children and young people are active for an average of 60 minutes a day and should engage in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week.

For young people the focus should be on identifying activities they find enjoyable and creating opportunities for them to be active.

Adults aged 19-64 should try to be active everyday but aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week. Last year CMO guidelines were published for disabled adults for the first time but there are currently no recommendations for disabled children and young people.

Downloadable infographics are also available and are a helpful resource to display around college.

Photo: Tom Dymond

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