Every move counts towards better health
New guidelines have been released from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on physical activity and sedentary behaviour. The guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for children, adolescents, adults and older adults for the amount of physical activity required for better health outcomes.
For the first time, the new guidelines also include recommendations for reducing sedentary behaviour.
These guidelines highlight the importance of regularly undertaking both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities and, importantly, there are specific recommendations for specific populations including for pregnant and postpartum women, and people living with chronic conditions or disability.
A key recommendation across all ages and population groups is that any activity is better than none, and sedentary behaviour should be limited. If specific groups are not meeting the recommendations, good practice advises to start by doing small amounts of physical activity and gradually increase frequency, intensity and duration over time.
The document provides recommendations for each population group, and documents the steps needed to implement the guidelines.
The latest Active Lives Children and Young People data shows the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children's activity levels with a 5.6% decrease in children that are active from 12 months ago
How Rayner Stephens’s Academy has adapted their physical activity provision to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic
A refresh of GM Moving is planned for 2021. We need to refresh, refocus, re-energise and adapt our collective approach in the context of the pandemic, inequalities and for the long term future.