Physical Activity in Children

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’