Parents often find it difficult to encourage youngsters to be more physically active. The task seems to be even more impossible to succeed in when there are not any other children around and your kid has to be on his or her own. You should not despair and let the little one play computer games all the time.
How much physical activity do children under five years old need to do to keep healthy?
Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
For this age group, activity of any intensity should be encouraged, including light activity and more energetic physical activity.
The amount of physical activity you need to do each week is determined by your age. Click on the links below for the recommendations for other age groups:
- young people (5 to 18 years old)
- adults (19 to 64 years old)
- older adults (65 and over)
Babies should be encouraged to be active throughout the day, every day. Before your baby begins to crawl, encourage them to be physically active by reaching and grasping, pulling and pushing, moving their head, body and limbs during daily routines, and during supervised floor play, including tummy time. Once babies can move around, encourage them to be as active as possible in a safe, supervised and nurturing play environment.
Children who can walk on their own should be physically active every day for at least 180 minutes (three hours). This should be spread throughout the day, indoors or outside. The 180 minutes can include light activity such as standing up, moving around, rolling and playing, as well as more energetic activity like skipping, hopping, running and jumping. Active play, such as using a climbing frame, riding a bike, playing in water, chasing games and ball games, is the best way for this age group to get moving.
All children aged under five
Children under five should not be inactive for long periods, except when they’re asleep. Watching TV, travelling by car, bus or train, or being strapped into a buggy for long periods are not good for a child’s health and development. There’s growing evidence that such behaviour can increase their risk of poor health.
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