Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. (World Health Organisation (WHO)).
The physical activity framework includes all sport and recreational activity, but can also include walking or cycling for travel or recreation, dance and gardening.
According to physical activity guidelines from the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO):
- Adults in England should aim to take part in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. This can also be achieved by 75 minutes of vigorous active across the week or a mixture of moderate and vigorous. All adults should undertake muscle strengthening activity on at least 2 days each week and minimise the amount of time spent sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.
- Children and young people (aged 5-16) should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. Vigorous activates should be incorporated at least three days a week, and should minimise the amount of time being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.
- Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Moderate intensity physical activity includes walking, cycling or participating in sports as well as house chores or gardening.
 World Health Organisation Definition
 Active Lives Survey November 2016 – November 2017, published March 2018.
 The total combined economic and social costs of inactivity. The Chief Medical Officer defines physical inactivity as participation in less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week.