Being active is one of the most important things we can do to support our health and wellbeing. It helps to maintain a healthy weight, reduces stress, lifts mood, strengthens bones and muscles and decreases the risk of developing chronic conditions and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity with increased breathing but still being able to talk, 75 minutes of vigorous activity with fast breathing and difficulty talking, or a combination of both.
Strength and balance exercise should be done on at least two days a week. If you are feeling weak as a result of a hospital admission or a period of extended inactivity, our strength and stamina programme might be a helpful starting point for you.
Move more, sit less, start slowly and build up to being active for 30 minutes every day. Just 10 minutes of activity at a time will benefit your health.
Guidelines have been produced for different ages and stages in life. These infographics give more details and ideas of how to fit activity into your day.
There are various everyday things that we can do to increase our levels of physical activity, such as vigorous house work, gardening and walking. Other ideas could include:
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