How much exercise should your family be getting?

Fit families have more fun!

The World Health Organisation recommends that young people aged between 5 and 18 years should be doing at least 60 minutes of moderate and physical activity a day. 

But we all know that in today's time pressured, digital environment, it can be hard to keep active and encourage kids to do the same. But with government research finding that one in three children in their final year of primary school is overweight or obese and that over 90% of school aged children aren’t getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day -  isn’t it time to swap some screen-time for some family active time?

What is moderate activity?

Moderate activity raises the heartrate and makes you sweat. A great way to test this is to try singing a song! If you can still talk, but not sing, you've hit the moderate exercise sweet spot. 

Activities such as walking or cycling to school, skateboarding, walking the dog, rollerblading, riding a scooter or playing games in the playground area all good examples. 

What is vigorous activity?

If you're exercising but stuggling to talk, then you're doing a vigorous activity.  There's good evidence to suggest that 1 minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as 2 minutes of moderate activity. 

Get the whole family involved in some energetic dancing, swimming, running or cycling up hills. Sports such as football, martial arts, gymnastics, trampolining, tennis or rugby are also classed as vigorous activities.  Older children can get their heart rate pumping in the gym, by attending our supervised Teen Gym Sessions.