Persuading people to take 30 minutes of physical activity on most weekdays is at the heart of a new ‘physical activity strategy’ for Argyll and Bute.
The Argyll and Bute Health and Wellbeing Partnership says that amount of physical activity can help you live longer, reduce the risk of long-term health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, have a healthy body weight and feel better emotionally.
The new strategy aims to help people to be more active, and includes initiatives in schools, workplaces, healthcare settings and in the community.
Alison McGrory, the chair of Argyll and Bute’s Health and Wellbeing Partnership said, “The NHS provides services for us when we are ill and need treatment; however we are all responsible for our own health and should know that how we lead our lives can have a significant effect on our health.
“Increasing physical activity is such a simple answer to improving health – it’s like a magic pill that if taken every day can lead to people living longer, healthier and happier lives.”
The Department of Health recommends the following physical activity levels for people in the UK:
Under 5 - Physical activity should be encouraged from birth through water-based and floor-based play; once walking unaided, children should be active for at least three hours per day, spread throughout the day.
5-18 years - At least 60 minutes of physical activity, of moderate to vigorous intensity, every day, with muscle strengthening exercises at least three times a week.
19-64 years - At least 150 minutes of ‘moderate intensity’ exercise, or 75 minutes of ‘vigorous intensity’ over the course of a week, and should aim to be active daily, with muscle-strengthening exercises at least twice a week;
65+ - At least
Older adults (65+ years) - At least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity over the course of a week and should try to be active on a daily basis; muscle strengthening exercises, combined with those which improve balance and coordination, should also be undertaken.