Physical Activity Guidelines

Physical activity guidelines

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is the most senior advisor on health matters in a government. As part of the guidance they provide the CMO have defined Physical Activity Guidelines, these exist for both Children and Adults.

As a Coach these may be useful in helping your participants to understand where to aim for in terms of achieving the right amounts of health benefiting activity enough exercise.

Physical Activity Infographics

Here are some really handy infographics designed to show the guidelines for specific groups;

Physical Activity Guidelines for Under 5’s: Aiming for at least 3 hours every day.

Physical Activity Guidelines for 5 – 18 years: Aiming for 1 hour every day.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults and Older Adults: Aiming for 2 ½ hours per week.

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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