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Physical Activity

Evidence shows that being physically active reduces the risk of developing a range of medical conditions, including diabetes, cancer, dementia, strokes, heart disease and depression.

One in four people in England do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week, even though the Chief Medical Officers' guidelines state:

  • Children and young people should engage in physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week
  • Adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity.

Research shows that those who do the least activity stand to benefit the most and that there are certain groups in society who are much more likely to be inactive:

  • Disabled people
  • Women and girls
  • People from lower socio-economic groups
  • Ethnically diverse communities.

AoC Sport is committed to tackling inequalities by working with colleges and partners to promote, support and deliver physical activity opportunities.