An evidence-based approach for national and local action to address the physical inactivity epidemic from Public Health England.
An epidemic? Is it that extreme? According to this research it really is and I think dance is part of the answer, of course I do!
Did you know children and young people should engage in 60 minutes to several hours of physical activity everyday. For adults, only 21/2 hours a week. And for older adults it’s the same (more Active Armchairs please!)
What can we do to help?
– Could dance clubs at schools for children and adults be the answer?
– Should there be more physical activities available to fit into a busy work day, perhaps at lunchtime?
– What about YouTube videos you can dance without leaving the house, perhaps dancing as a family??
What ideas do you have?
I’m especially interested in physical activity for older adults. Many of the Active Armchairs Facilitators are also trained in other forms of exercise for older adults such as Chair Based Exercise and Circle Dance. These are the findings about older adults…
For older adults (65-plus years):
- Older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits, including maintenance of good physical and cognitive function.
- Some physical activity is better than none, and more physical activity provides greater health benefits.
- Older 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 ten minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least five days a week.
- For those who are already regularly active at moderate intensity, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity.
- Older adults should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.
- Older adults at risk of falls should incorporate physical activity to improve balance and coordination on at least two days a week.
- All older adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.
The document calls for organisations to lead by example and we plan to do so. Where shall we start, any ideas?
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