11th July 2011 | Author:

Exercise advice for under 5’s


Chief UK Government Medical Officers for the first time have outlined exercise advice for children under the age of five.

The new guidelines suggest parents should limit the amount of time children spend in buggies, car seats and sitting and encourage physical activities and movement for at least three hours each day.

The new report goes into greater depth, recommending parents encourage babies to move and be active though play mats, swimming, rolling and crawling.

Recent research conducted by the Department of Health shows, only one in three children in England aged between two and fifteen are getting the recommended amount of exercise each day.

Chief Medical Officer for England – Sally Davies comment that all young children need to be encouraged to be active. 

‘The science has been accumulating, we know exercise is good for children’s physical and mental development, it also sets the way they are going to live their lives.’