Monday 24 July 2017

Children should exercise an hour a day, new research suggests

Children need to accumulate at least an hour per day of exercise.
Children need to accumulate at least an hour per day of exercise.
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Children are less active and spend more time sitting in autumn and winter compared to other times of the year, said researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Public health guidelines state that children should accumulate at least an hour per day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity, which might include brisk walking or running, active participation in sports or exercising.

At the same time, children should minimise the amount of time they spend sitting for extended periods. Physical activity was lower in autumn and winter compared to spring; average activity levels across the group peaked in April at 65.3 min/day and reached their lowest levels in February at 47.8 min/day. Physical activity was at its lowest at weekends during winter.

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