Adults aged 19 to 64 should aim to be physically active every day.1
The NHS recommends we do:
- strengthening activities that work all major muscles in the body on at least 2 days a week
- at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week
- or at least 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week.1
The NHS website has more information about exercise for people living with a disability or long term health condition.
Find out more about exercising during and after pregnancy on the NHS website.
What are strengthening activities?Some examples include:
- lifting weights
- heavy gardening, such as digging.1
What counts as moderate intensity exercise?Some examples include:
- brisk walking
- mowing the lawn.1
What counts as vigorous intensity exercise?Some examples include:
- jogging or running
- Swimming fast
- team sports like football, rugby and netball.1
Reviewed by: Mital Thakrar
Review date: October 2022
Next review: October 2025
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