Exercise health

How much physical activity is enough?

Do you wonder how much exercise you should be doing?

The UK government Department of Health produced a very clear infographic on this subject, (updated 2017) which you can see here. 

The advice is based on improving quality of life, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and reducing your chances of conditions such as depression, diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular disease, dementia, joint pain and falls.

The guidelines for adults aged 19-64 are as follows: –

Try to be active every day and do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week to include all the major muscle groups.


75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity such as running or a game of singles tennis every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week.


a mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity.

Additional recommendations are to break up long periods of sitting with light activity.

In general, 1 minute of vigorous activity is equal to two minutes of moderate activity. Circuit training could count as both vigorous activity and muscle strengthening.

Of course, the more you do, the more you benefit!

Lisa 🙂

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