Time to get active

5x30 explained

Health officials recommend that you take part in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity at least five times a week, that's 5x30.

What does moderate intensity mean?

It means working hard enough to be breathing more heavily than normal and becoming slightly warmer, but not so hard that you are unable to talk and exercise at the same time.

Moderate intensity activities include:

  • brisk walking
  • golf, pulling or carrying clubs
  • swimming
  • lawn mowing
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • cleaning windows.

If 30 minutes in one go seems too much then:

  • a ten minute session three times a day can be just as good for you
  • start at a level that suits you
  • gradually build up the frequency, intensity and duration
  • choose a variety of activities and ones that you enjoy
  • try to do something every day.

Make it fun

There is no need to think of strenuous workouts that are painful and boring. Instead, imagine doing fun activities you enjoy and look forward to.

Pages in "Time to get active"

  1. Time to get active
  2. You are here 5x30 explained
  3. What's stopping you from exercising?
  4. Join a club