Creating a strong and active nation: delivering effective muscle strength and balance training

Thursday 18th June 11:15 - 12:00

The publication of the Chief Medical Officer's (CMO) guidelines for physical activity highlights muscle strengthening as "fundamental to the ability to perform daily tasks". The guidelines recommend all UK adults undertake muscle strength exercises "at least twice a week". In previous iterations of the guidelines the focus was on moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity – with muscle strength playing second fiddle. The guidance now positions strength training equally alongside aerobic activity. With very few adults meeting the recommendations this session will focus on how muscle strength can best be delivered to create a more active stronger nation – looking a how the sector can understand, highlight, promote and deliver strength training.

Chair

Dr James Steele, Reseach Director at UKactive and Solent University

Understanding the evidence and implications for delivery

Speaker

Dr James Steele, Reseach Director at UKactive and Solent University

Scaling up local provision of strength and balance programmes

Speaker

Jane McDermott, Healthy Ageing Programme at Centre for Better Ageing

Effective and accessible delivery

Speaker

Tom Whittaker, Performance Director Para-Powerlifting at British Weight Lifting