A recent paper on Pre School children and their physical activity levels found that only 54% of children under the age of 6 years have enough time dedicated to activity each day.
The research suggests that children do not have enough time to run and enjoy energetic movement or become out of breath. Children are too sedentary, spending too much time in a seated position for example TV time, buggies, highchairs and car seats.
There is lots of evidence to support a more active lifestyle for young children as it brings many benefits to them, both physical and psychological.
Benefits of physical activity in children:
- Increases confidence and self-esteem
- More energy and stamina
- Reduced risk of obesity and diabetes
- Stronger immune system
- Better heart health and lower blood pressure
- Stronger bone and muscle structure
- Better concentration levels
- More co-ordination and reflexes
- Development of skills including listening, sharing and taking turns.
Plus encouraging our next generation to be physically active in a fun environment will inspire them to continue to be involved in sports and exercise in their future years.