This month, the Chief Medical Officers updated their guidance on how active people should be for it to be of benefit to their health. Children and young people aged 5 to 18 should be active for an average of an hour a day; adults should be active for 150 minutes across the week. Of course, this can be divided up and different types of activity are encouraged, particularly strength training for adults, but the main focus for everyone is to work at a level that makes YOU breathe heavier as we are all different.
Guidelines are also provided for under 5s, disabled adults, pregnancy and 12 months post childbirth, and older adults aged 65+. Worryingly, the latest data shows that more than a third (36.3%) of adults aged 16+ and more than half (56.3%) of children aged 5-16 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are not active enough to benefit their health.
If you are inactive, remember that any activity is better than none, and more is better still. And trying to reduce the amount of time that you are sitting still will be of benefit. If you would like to be more active then Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire and Active Families are two local programmes that would love to hear from you and can support you in whatever way is needed. Further information on what support and what activities they provide can be found on the Let’s Get Moving website.
If you would like to read the full physical activity guidelines report you can find it here