Dutch Standard for Healthy Physical Activity (NNGB)

The Dutch standard indicates the minimum physical activity needed for maintaining and improving one’s health. To meet the standard, children aged 4 to 11 years are required to exercise at moderate intensity for a minimum of 60 minutes per day and 7 days per week. Young people aged 12 to 17 years are required to exercise at moderate intensity for a minimum of 60 minutes per day, e.g. cycling. Persons over 18 years are required to exercise at moderate intensity for a minimum of 30 minutes per day on at least 5 days per week. The definition of ‘moderate intensity’ is stricter for persons aged 18 to 54 years than for older people. For example, they are required to walk at a pace of 5 km per hour; leisurely walking suffices for the over-55s (4 km per hour). In 2017, the Health Council of the Netherlands drafted new physical activity guidelines.
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