British children are some of the least active in the world, according to a new study, presented to the International Congress On Physical Activity and Public Health.
Only 15% of girls and 22% of boys aged 11-15 in the UK, reach the government recommendation of at least an hour of moderate intensity physical activity per day, the study found.
England and Wales were both scored D minus in the report, while Scotland was awarded a grade F.
As a result it is becoming ever clearer that it is important for parents to encourage their kids to be more active. So here are five ways to get your child to be more physically active.
1. Take every opportunity.
In our busy lives, we often overlook potential opportunities for our children to exercise throughout the day, and instead focus on a sports lesson or one burst of exercise.
In fact walking is just as beneficial, and easier to sustain as part of a longterm lifestyle.
If you live within walking distance of your child’s school then try to walk instead of driving as much as possible. Or encourage them to get off the bus a stop earlier on the way home and walk the rest of the way.
If you have a dog, bring your child out for the dog walk, rather than letting them sit on the sofa while you do all the hard work.
2. Don’t let rain stop play.
Living in the UK does mean that it is often hard to motivate ourselves and our children to go outside in poor weather, but if we refuse to exercise in any weather apart from sunshine, that leaves us with a very small window of time.
Samantha Young from Kids Run Free, told The Huffington Post UK: “It is easy to blame your lack of ability to go outside on the British weather, but there are no bad weather days just inappropriate clothing.”
Get your child wrapped up or in waterproofs, and they have no excuse to stay home.
“This is even more important in the winter months as your children need more daylight for their…