Do you know how much activity your child should be doing each week?
Children over the age of 5 should be doing:
- 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise EVERY day – this might include cycling, playground activities, running and tennis
- 3 strength type sessions each week such as skipping, hopping, gymnastics or tennis
- Avoid sedentary time such as playing computer games and travelling by car when they could walk or cycle.
Children under the age of 5 who can walk should:
- Be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day, this might include playing active games, climbing on a climbing frame, walking, riding a bike.
- Minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary
Currently ONLY 19% of boys and 26% of girls currently meet the current guidelines of physical activity each week.
Obesity is described as a BMI greater than 30 and is categorised as a ‘disease’.
- One in Five Reception children are obese in the UK
- One in Three Year 6 children are obese in the UK
Physical activity improves:
- Cognitive development and academic ability
- Bone health and muscle strength
- Coordination and motor skills
- Improved sports performance and self-esteem
- Social interaction and social skills
- Cardiovascular health
Physical activity can reduce the risk of:
- Becoming obese
- Getting type 2 diabetes
Let’s encourage out children to ‘Sit Less and Move More’