“The “Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health” address three age groups: 5–17 years old, 18–64 years old and 65 years old and above. These age groups were selected taking into consideration the nature and availability of the scientific evidence relevant to the prevention of noncommunicable diseases through physical activity” (WHO)


As well as meeting the physical activity guidelines in the above video, children aged 5-17 should aim to:

  • Limit use of electronic media for entertainment less than two hours a day 
  • Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.


More information on promoting physical activity to children can be found at: 






  • When older adults cannot do the recommended amounts of physical activity due to health conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.
  • Strength training may lead to modest increase aerobic capacity in older adults (Liu and Latham 2009)
    • Note: training should be at least 55-65% of maximum heart rate for 20-60 minutes for 3-5 days per week to increase cardiorespiratory fitness (ACSM 1998)


See our page on ‘strength after Sixty’