Physical Activity Guidelines for the Brazilian Population: Recommendations Report

Daniel Umpierre, Christianne Coelho-Ravagnani, Maria Cecilia Tenorio, Douglas Roque Andrade, Roseanne Autran, Mauro Virgilio Gomes De Barros, Tania R. Bertoldo Benedetti, Fabiana Vieira Santos Azevedo Cavalcante, Edilson Serpeloni Cyrino, Samuel Carvalho Dumith, Alex Antonio Florindo, Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia, Sofia Wolker Manta, Gregore Iven Mielke, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias, Lorena Lima Magalhaes, Paula Fabricio Sandreschi, Juliana Rezende Melo Da Silva, Kelly Samara Da Silva, Fernando Carlos Vinholes SiqueiraPedro Curi Hallal

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Background: This article presents the recommendations from the Physical Activity Guidelines for the Brazilian Population. Methods: A steering committee composed of a chair, 6 experts in physical activity, and representatives from the Ministry of Health/Brazil, Pan American Health Organization, Brazilian Society of Physical Activity and Health designed the guidelines, which was implemented by 8 working groups, as follows: (1) understanding physical activity, (2) children up to 5 years old, (3) children and youth from 6 to 17 years old, (4) adults, (5) older adults (60 years and above), (6) physical education at school, (7) pregnant and postpartum women, and (8) people with disabilities. The methodological steps included evidence syntheses, hearings with key stakeholders, and public consultation. Results: Across 8 chapters, the guidelines provide definitions of physical activity and sedentary behavior, informing target groups on types of physical activity, dosage (frequency, intensity, and duration), benefits, and supporting network for physical activity adoption. The guidelines are openly available in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Braille and in audio versions, with a supplementary guide for health professionals and decision makers, and a report about the preparation and references. Conclusions: The Physical Activity Guidelines for the Brazilian Population provide evidence-based recommendations, being a public-directed resource to contribute to the physical activity promotion in Brazil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-381
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • exercise
  • guidelines and recommendations
  • health promotion
  • public health
  • sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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