Daily physical activity is vital for all Australian children and young people. We know that children who get the minimum recommended amount of activity every day are at a lower risk of conditions including obesity, Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome and other co-morbidities. They are also much more likely to see improvements in their aerobic fitness and bone health and experience positive mental health and intellectual benefits.
Despite these obvious health benefits, only 19% of Australian children and young people, aged 5-17 years meet the physical activity recommendations. That’s less than 1 in 5!
Physical activities that strengthen muscles and bones should be included on at least three days per week. For additional health benefits, children and young people should engage in more physical activity up to several hours every day.
The easiest way to make sure your kids get enough activity is to get out there with them; kick the footy, take the bikes for a spin or take a long walk it doesn’t matter, just get moving!