This section looks at current UK recommendations on physical activity, and the activities that can help you achieve these. How much you can do will depend on different factors. In the UK adults are advised to do at least 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of moderate intensity physical activity a week. For example, this could be 30 minutes of activity on five days of the week, which could be broken up into 10 minutes of activity three times a day. It’s important to gradually build up to this amount at a pace that’s comfortable for you.
It’s also important to do activities that improve muscle strength on at least two days of the week. If you are older or at risk of falling, you are also advised to do activities that improve coordination and balance on at least two days of the week. There is more information about strength exercises and about balance and flexibility below.