World Health Organisation Activity Recommendations for 5-17 year olds

Is your child meeting these recommendations?
Children and adolescents aged 5-17 years:

  • Should do at least an average of 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity, mostly aerobic, physical activity, across the week.

  • Should incorporate vigorous-intensity aerobic activities, as well as those that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 days a week.

  • Should limit the amount of time spent being sedentary, particularly the amount of recreational screen time.

Children and adolescents require weight bearing stimulation in order to maximise their bone density, but also to reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes in later life. Daily exercise is also linked to higher focus and academic performance. It is so important that children develop an interest in sports and physical activity, because this will often continue through to adult life and reduce the risk of preventable lifestyle diseases.

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