Children and young people who are physically active have better general health, stronger bones and muscles, and higher levels of self-esteem.
According to the NHS, to maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 should do:
- At least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis.
- On three days a week, these activities should involve exercises for strong muscles and bones, such as swinging on playground equipment, hopping and skipping, and sports such as gymnastics or tennis.
Children and young people should also reduce the time they spend sitting for extended periods of time, including watching TV, playing computer games and travelling by car when they could walk or cycle.