Current Australian guidelines say that kids aged 5-12 years need at least one hour (and up to several hours) of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.
Moderate activities get your child gently huffing and puffing, and are about as intense as a brisk walk.
Vigorous activities get your child huffing and puffing a lot, and building up a sweat.
This kind of activity can be enjoyed in small blocks of time, about 5-15 minutes, building up to around two hours over the day.
Physical activity is not necessarily ‘exercise’. Your child doesn’t have to play an organised sport or do push-ups to achieve benefits. Simple activities can include:
- going for walks, or walking to child care or school
- spending time at the playground
- playing in the shallows at the beach
- playing chasey or keepings off in the yard.
Recent studies show that in Australia many boys and most girls aren’t getting enough physical activity every day.