01st March 2022
The Government have published new guidelines to support disabled children and young people to be more active. It is based on reasearch from Durham University, University of Bristol and Disability Rights UK and includes recommendations for daily and weekly levels of physical activity.
The new guidelines recommend disabled children and young people:
- Do 120 to 180 minutes of aerobic physical activity per week at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity – this can be achieved in different ways (for example, 20 minutes per day or 40 minutes 3 times per week) through activities such as walking or cycling
- Complete challenging, but manageable, strength and balance activities 3 times per week which are particularly beneficial for muscle strength and motor skills – for example, indoor wall climbing, yoga, and modified sports such as basketball or football
- Break down their exercise into bite-size chunks of physical activity throughout the day to make it more manageable, such as 20 minutes of exercise per day and strength and balance activities 3 times a week.
An infographic poster has been created by working with disabled children, young people and their families:
Read the plain text version below
Getting and staying active is about:
Benefits of physical activity
How much physical activity should I do?