Half of children aged six and over aren’t getting enough exercise, experts say

ALMOST half of UK six-year-olds fail to meet their recommended daily exercise goals, according to study.

Experts say children ages five to 18 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise a day.

Only 53 per cent of six-year-olds met the UK's recommended training guidelines


Only 53 per cent of six-year-olds met the UK’s recommended training guidelinesPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

They recommend keeping sitting or sedentary behavior to a minimum.

However, researchers found that 47 percent of children by the age of six are not doing enough physical activity.

They got 712 six-year-olds to wear accelerometers that track heart rate and movement for six days.

Each day, the children had an average of 7.5 hours of “low-level” physical activity and 65 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise — but spent five hours inactive.

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Just 53 per cent met the UK-recommended guidelines – with boys more likely than girls to meet the target – academics from the Universities of Cambridge and Southampton reported.

dr Esther van Sluijs, from the Medical Research Council’s Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, said regular activity is important for the “well-being and performance of children at school”.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5981483/kids-not-exercising-enough/ Half of children aged six and over aren’t getting enough exercise, experts say

Sarah Y. Kim

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