Physical activity: adults achieving the recommended level by SIMD quintile

In 2011, the Chief Medical Officers of each of the four UK countries agreed and introduced revised guidelines on physical activity. The main change in the adult recommendation was the removal of the stipulation that at least 30 minutes of physical activity must be carried out on at least five days per week. The new recommendation can be met by engaging in at least moderate activity for a minimum of 150 minutes a week or, alternatively, 75 minutes of vigorous activity. This page presents data on the proportion of adults meeting the new recommendation. Further information is provided in the 2012 Scottish Health Survey report.

Chart 1 (view chart) shows the percentage of adults aged 16 years and over who, according to the Scottish Health Survey, were achieving the recommended level of physical activity per week by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) quintile in 2012. SIMD is the Scottish Government's official measure of area based multiple deprivation. The chart shows that as area deprivation increases the proportion of men and women meeting the physical activity recommendations decreases.  

Source: Scottish Health Survey

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