get active each day

Did you know?
In NSW, only about a quarter of children aged between 5 and 15 years do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day
Boys in Years 6, 8 and 10 are more active than girls, however physical activity declines with age
Why get active?
Regular physical activity is an important part of getting healthy and staying healthy.

Encouraging kids and teens to be active from a young age sets good habits early on and helps them develop the skills they need to stay active throughout their lives.

Regular physical activity helps kids and teens:
with healthy growth and development
build strong bones and muscles
improve balance and develop skills
maintain and develop flexibility
achieve and maintain a healthy weight
improve cardiovascular fitness
reduce stress and feel more relaxed
improve posture
boost confidence and self-esteem
have fun with their friends and make new ones
Children who don’t get enough physical activity are at a greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. This makes it harder for them to be active and keep up in sport or play.

Being overweight can also make kids more prone to conditions such as asthma, flat feet and joint sprains. In the long term, it can contribute to conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and liver disease.

Research tells us that the warning signs for these conditions can be present in overweight teenagers as young as 15 years of age.

How much activity?
Kids and teens should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities that make them ‘huff and puff’. They can get even more health benefits from doing several hours of physical activity every day.

Kids and teens should do strenghtening activities at least three days of the week.  Strengthening activities, such as climbing, jumping, running or playing tug-o-war, help to build muscle and strong bones.

To help kids and teens be active every day, they need opportunities for sport, play and exercise at school, after school and on weekends.

Physical activity doesn’t all have to happen at the one time. It can be accumulated throughout the day; by walking or riding to and from school, being involved in activities at school, active play at home or taking part in organised sport after school and on weekends.

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