Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity

NICE guidelines [PH2] Published date:

Review decision: 

The guidance has been partially updated by PH41 Walking and cycling and PH44 Physical activity brief advice in primary care and will be fully updated by the following:

Exercise Referral schemes (Jan 2015)

This guidance has been partially updated by PH41 Walking and cycling, PH44 Physical activity: brief advice for adults in primary care and PH54 Exercise referral schemes

This guidance is for professionals in the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector. It focuses on four methods of getting adults to be physically active:

  • Brief interventions – advice delivered by GPs and other non-hospital-based health professionals.
  • Exercise referral schemes – referral to a tailored physical activity programme.
  • Pedometers – use of a device to measure how far you have walked.
  • Walking and cycling schemes.

The recommendations include:

This guidance partially updates and replaces NICE public health guidance 2 (published in March 2006). Recommendations 1–4 relating to brief advice for adults in primary care have been superseded by NICE public health guidance 44 (published in May 2013). Recommendation 6 relating to pedometers and walking and cycling schemes has been superseded by NICE public health guidance 41 (published in November 2002). Recommendation 5 on exercise referral schemes is being updated separately.

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