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Getting Active in Sussex

Getting active can mean anything from doing stretches and going for a leisurely walk, to playing rugby or competing in your local run club. There is no right or wrong way to be active and you should find what works best for you.

Being active is important for your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Getting active can mean anything from doing stretches and going for a leisurely walk, to playing rugby or competing in your local run club. There is no right or wrong way to be active and you should find what works best for you.

Getting active for your health

Many of the leading causes of disease and disability in the UK are associated with an inactive lifestyle. These include coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

The Chief Medical Office (CMO) has provided the following physical activity guidelines:

  • Under 5s (who are capable of walking): at least 180 minutes (3 hours) being physically active, spread throughout the day.
  • Children & young people (5-18 years old): at least 60 minutes (1 hour) of vigorous intensity physical activity including bike riding & playground activity.
  • Adults (19-64 years old): at least 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) of moderate intensity activity, e.g. brisk cycling, walking OR 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity, e.g. running, swimming, football, and muscle strengthening activities on two or more days per week – e.g. exercising with weights, carrying groceries.
  • Disabled Adults: at least 150 (2 hours 30 minutes) of moderate intensity activity per week and strength or balance activities twice a week.
  • Pregnant Women: at least 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) of moderate intensity activity per week and balance or muscle strengthening activities twice a week.

Find out more about the physical activity guidelines recommended by the government.