Physical Activity

Physical Activity

What is physical activity?

Benefits of being active regularly

Healthy, physically active children are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. Furthermore, physical competence builds self-esteem at every age.

Physical activity guidelines for 5-18 year olds

At least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day, incorporating muscle strengthening activities on at least three days a week. All children and young people should minimize the amount of time spent being sedentary for extended periods.

Find out more about Physical Activity guidelines

Physical activity levels among young people in the UK are Poor

Most children aren't moving - a problem schools can help to fix

Schools can help ensure that pupils are provided with a range of opportunities to be physically active, that they understand how physical activity can help them to be healthier, and how physical activity can improve and be part of their everyday lives. In return, this will improve the whole school community!

Physical activity policy

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