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New Guidelines to Support Disabled Children to be More Active

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:

View the Getting and staying active Infographic here

Read the plain text version below

Getting and staying active is about:

  • equality
  • inclusivity
  • finding what’s fun
  • exploring what activities make you feel good

Benefits of physical activity

  • meet new people
  • confidence and concentration
  • sense of achievement
  • mental health
  • calmer, less stressed
  • balance and coordination
  • muscles and motor skills

How much physical activity should I do?

  • For good health benefits, do 20 minutes of physical activity per day.
  • When starting, build up slowly. Ask: can you do this today?
  • Do bitesize chunks of physical activity throughout the day.
  • Do challenging but manageable strength and balance activities 3 times per week.
  • Small amounts of physical activity are good for you as well.
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