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Getting active

Physical activity includes all kinds of movement, whether that’s walking, running or active play. It is any activity that gets the heart to beat faster.

As most of us are confined to home a lot these days, planning daily activities will help keep kids physically active. Wall ball, hopscotch, traffic lights are great for confined spaces like gardens, yards or small outdoor areas.

girls playing hoola hoop in the garden

How active should my family be?

For under 5s, we should aim for 3 hours of activity a day, broken up into little chunks.

For over 5s, we should aim to play and be active for 1 hour each day – anything from hide-and-seek to cycling or playing football in the garden. As parents, we should aim for 30 minutes or more of physical activity at least 5 days a week.

Tips on getting active as a family

If you are starting from very little activity, begin slowly with bursts of 15 to 30 minutes and build it into your daily routine. Active play counts as physical activity so chasing, hide-and-seek, hopscotch, handstands in the garden are all great examples.

Pause for play, and spin the activity wheel to introduce your kids to new games and how they are played.




How it’s played

REMEMBER to play somewhere safe.

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