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Physical activity guidelines for children

How much physical activity should children and young people aged 5 to 18 do to keep healthy?
According to Government guidelines children need to do 2 types of physical activity each week:
• aerobic exercise
• exercises to strengthen their muscles and bones

Children aged 5 to 18 should:
• aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day across the week
• take part in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscles and bones
• reduce the time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity. Aim to spread activity throughout the day. All activities should make you breathe faster and feel warmer

What counts as moderate activity?
Moderate intensity activities will raise your heart rate, and make you breathe faster and feel warmer.
Examples of moderate intensity activities:
• walking to school
• playground activities
• riding a scooter
• skateboarding
• rollerblading
• walking the dog
• cycling on level ground or ground with few hills

Try to make sure you’re keeping up with the Government guidelines at home.

For further information please contact Arlene Scott via the school office or email ascott@pakeman.islington.sch.uk