Physical Activity and Health


Regular physical activity is important for health and well-being of people of ALL ages but 39% of UK adults – that’s around 20 million people – are failing to meet Government recommendations for physical activity.

Here at Complete Physiotherapy we are passionate about exercise to improve wellbeing and health. Last summer we expanded to open a Rehabilitation Centre in the centre of Caversham which has allowed us to share our passion and help you get more active. The benefits of physical activity include:

  • Reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and other conditions
  • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes
  • Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • Reduces blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of developing colon and breast cancer
  • Helps to maintain a healthy weight
  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Promotes psychological well-being
  • Reduces the risk of falls

The World Health Organisation has estimated that physical inactivity is the primary cause of 21-25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and 30% of ischaemic heart disease.


Physical inactivity has direct costs (health care) and indirect costs (loss of economic output due to illness, disease-related work disability or premature death). It is estimated that, for a population of 10 million people of whom 50% are insufficiently physically active, the cost is EUR 910 million per year.

In children…

Physical inactivity can impair concentration and productivity at school contributing to social exclusion and loneliness.


The physical activity guidelines for all healthy adults aged 18–64 years unless specific medical conditions indicate to the contrary are:

Adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week


Do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.

Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration.

For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week

Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.