Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled Children and Young People

Physical Activity Guidelines for Disabled Children and Young People


The UK's Chief Medical Officer has published physical activity guidelines for disabled children and young people. The guidelines aim to support disabled children and young people to improve their physical and mental health throughout their lives.


The guidelines recommend that disabled children and young people:

  • Undertake 120 to 180 minutes of aerobic physical activity per week at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity. This can be achieved in different ways (e.g. 20 minutes per day or 40 minutes 3 times per week). For example, 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.
  • When first starting to exercise, build up slowly to avoid injury
  • Break down their exercise into bite size chunks of physical activity throughout the day to make it more manageable

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