Advanced Care Research Centre

Physical Inactivity - an underrated intervention for people in later life

Briefing paper 5 - physical inactivity

The Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC) will be sharing outputs and information on its research in a range of ways. 

The fifth in our series of ACRC briefing papers was written by Dr. Helen Frost, Research Fellow within the ACRC and looks at the challenges around physical inactivity.


Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death, with a similar risk to health as smoking and obesity. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Action Plan and Scottish National Policy for Active Living were launched in 2018 with the aim to support people to be ‘more active, more often’. However, progress to increase physical activity levels, particularly for older people, has been slow.


Older Person running