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Physical activity guidelines

To stay healthy, adults should aim to do at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week – that’s just over 20 minutes every day. Children and young people aged 5 to 18 should aim to do 60 minutes per day, or 180 minutes for under 5’s.

Exercise should last for at least 10 minutes each time.

To find out how much physical activity you should be doing for your age, visit the NHS get active your way page. You'll also find ideas on how to build more activity into your routine depending on your lifestyle.

It’s important to remember that sitting or lying for long periods of time can be bad for your health. This includes everyday activities such as watching TV, using a computer, travelling by car, bus or train, or reading. It does not include sleeping. These behaviours are referred to as sedentary.

Reducing the amount of time you spend sitting or lying by increasing your activity levels will help to improve your health.

Visit the NHS website to find more information on why sitting too much is bad for your health.

Remember, exercise can be as simple as getting up and moving. You do not have to go to the gym or even dedicate time to exercise each day. The healthy habits page shows you how to easily incorporate physical activity into your daily life.