Physical activity

Being physically active helps all people, no matter their age, lead healthier lives.

Some physical activity is better than doing none. By being more active throughout the day in relatively simple ways, people can quite easily achieve the recommended activity levels.

 

Below are the levels of physical activity WHO recommends people of different ages undertake.

 

Children and adolescents aged 5-17 years

  • Should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
  • Physical activity of amounts more than 60 minutes daily provides additional health benefits.
  • Should include activities that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 times per week.

Adults aged 18–64 years

  • Should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both.
  • For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or equivalent.
  • Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.

Adults aged 65 years and above

  • Should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both.
  • For additional health benefits, they should increase moderate-intensity physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or equivalent.
  • Those with poor mobility should perform physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls, 3 or more days per week.
  • Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups, 2 or more days a week.

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