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Do you do 150 minutes of physical activity a week?

Do you do 150 minutes of physical activity a week?

Are you aged 19 – 64? Then this question is for you!

At least 150 minutes of physical activity a week is the guideline set by the Department of Health for adults to stay healthy or improve health. For physical activity guidelines for early childhood, young people and older adults click here.

“Increasing physical activity must be given equal priority to smoking cessation and addressing harmful use of alcohol”

Physical inactivity is a global issue, identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, directly responsible for 2,500 deaths per year in Scotland and 5.3 million worldwide.

In their position statement, Maintaining health and treating illness through regular physical activity, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) lead by example in calling for a cross-sectoral approach, working collaboratively with partners to ‘Invest human and capital resource in programs, and policies that are effective in increasing physical activity’.

“Lack of exercise is twice as deadly as obesity”

The Daily Telegraph reports on the findings of a University of Cambridge study which revealed exercising was more important than body weight for longevity. The study of more than 334,000 people over 12 years found that a 20 minute brisk walk everyday had ‘major health impacts, reducing the risk of premature death.’

Benefits of Physical Activity is one of 8 interactive training modules we deliver at Scottish Sports Futures through our Education Through CashBack (ETC) programme across Scotland. In recognising the importance of addressing the issue of physical inactivity ETC training provides sports coaches, youth workers and volunteers with an understanding of the developmental value of engaging young people in sport and physical activity.

For us it is integral that we work towards increasing quality provision for young people, which educates and enables them to make positive lifestyle choices promoting good mental and physical health.

Play your part in spreading the word by being an example yourself and sharing the simple steps we can make to lead a healthier life.

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