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This content is taken from the The University of Sheffield, University of Liverpool, Newcastle University & CIMA (Centre for Research into Muscoskeletal Ageing)'s online course, The Musculoskeletal System: The Science of Staying Active into Old Age. Join the course to learn more.

How active are you?

Physical activity on a routine basis is an important component of successful ageing. It has been shown that many age-related declines in musculoskeletal function can be markedly reduced by moving more and sitting less.

This week, we’ll explore the independent effects of both physical activity and sedentary behaviour on our bones, muscles and joints.

To stay healthy or to improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. How much activity you need to do will depend on your age. You can check the government recommended levels for your age group on the NHS choices website.

This week, we’d like you to keep a diary of what you do over four days (ideally including one weekend day). For example:

  • What time do you get up?
  • How long do you sleep for?
  • How long in minutes do you spend walking?
  • How long in minutes do you spend watching TV, cooking / cleaning / gardening.

We have created a template which you can use to record your activity levels (under DOWNLOADS at the bottom of this page).

At the end of the week, we’ll ask you to reflect on your activity level and to compare it to the government recommendations.

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This article is from the free online course:

The Musculoskeletal System: The Science of Staying Active into Old Age

The University of Sheffield