Physical Activity Guidelines

Physical activity guidelines

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is the most senior adviser on health matters in a government. As part of the guidance they provide, the CMO has defined Physical Activity Guidelines for both children and adults.

As a coach these may be useful in helping your participants in achieving the right amount of exercise. 

Physical Activity Infographics

Here are some of their really handy infographics designed for specific groups:

Physical activity for early years: Aiming for at least three hours every day.

Physical activity for children and young people: Aiming for one hour every day.

Physical activity benefits for adults and older adults: Aiming for two and a half hours per week.

Physical activity for pregnant women: Aiming for two and a half hours per week.

NB Working in partnership with Public Health England, we have created a supplementary pregnancy infographic, titled Coaching Women throughout Pregnancy, which you can access on Exploring Inactive Behaviour.

Older people playing sport

Interpreting Physical Activity Guidelines

Understanding the motivations of your participants is critical to being an effective Coach and helping an individual progress on their journey with physical activity and sport.

From the perspective of Physical Activity, with specific demographics there are additional considerations to make based on their specific needs for older people.

British Heart Foundation National Centre produced three booklets to further interpret CMO guidelines for Older People. Iterations exist for:

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