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Physical Activity

At Denbigh Primary School there is explicit teaching of physical activity and the guidelines are shared with pupils during PE lessons. These scientifically informed guidelines from the Chief Medical Office will help individuals to understand how to reduce the risk of ill health associated with inactivity and sedentary behaviours.

Children under 5

 

  1. Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day.
  2. All under 5s should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).

 

Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.

Children and young people aged 5 – 18

 

1. All children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day.

2. Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week. 3. All children and young people should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.

 

Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.

Adults 19 - 64

 

1. Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.

2. Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.

3. Adults should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.

4. All adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.

 

Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.

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