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All children aged five or over should be physically active for at least one hour a day.

Physical activity helps children:

  • grow strong muscles and bones
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • discover the world around them
  • build their confidence

You can help by encouraging your child to find activities they enjoy and building physical activity into family life.

10 ways to make exercise fun

1. Walk, scooter or cycle to and from school together as often as possible.

2. Build a den or treehouse with them in the school holidays. Or, under supervision, encourage them to climb a tree or two.

3. Go roller skating, rollerblading or skateboarding, indoors or outside. In winter, go ice skating.

4. Do an activity challenge together, such as training for a fun run or charity walk.

5. Take the dog for a walk. If you don’t have one of your own, ask if you can borrow a friend or neighbour’s dog.

6. Support your kids in sports, clubs or any other activities that may interest them. Joining a weekend club sport encourages them to make a commitment to a team and regular exercise.

7. Find time every weekend to do something active with your children. Play frisbee or football in the park, go trampolining or try indoor rock climbing.

8. Fly a kite.

9. Take a trip to the beach. Beaches offer loads of ways for kids to get active, including games, rock-pooling, swimming, and plenty of running around. Or try an activity-based holiday.

10. Visit a National Park

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