By encouraging your child to do some physical activity every day, you’re helping your child to be healthy now and setting up healthy habits for life. Daily physical activity can also be a lot of fun!
Physical activity is great fun, an important part of play and learning, and essential for healthy growth and development.
It’s also natural for children to move and be physically active.
Babies rock their bodies and kick their feet, and toddlers love to move around, dance, climb and jump. Many older children enjoy organised sports and playground games, and many children like a bit of rough-and-tumble play.
Australian guidelines recommend that children aged:
‘Moderate physical activity’ includes activities that get your child gently huffing and puffing. They’re about as intense as a quick walk.
‘Vigorous physical activity’ includes activities that get your child huffing and puffing a lot, and sweating. This could be running games or riding a bike fast.
Physical activity doesn’t have to be done all at once, or even in big blocks. Your child can do it in small blocks of time throughout the day.
Physical activity is good for your child’s health – now and in the future.
Benefits of physical activity include:
Physical activity is also great for helping your child to be happy and well in other areas of life.
For example, active children are more likely to:
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