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Exercise the body needs

The amount of exercise we are discussing is an average requirement for the body based on age and not on overall body weight. It is the Minimal exercise that all bodies need to maintain some level of respectable health. In a generation where luxuries are delivered to our doors and taking the car for the 15 minute walk to local shop is more common, it becomes more important than ever to stay active and keep the body fighting.

Up to 18

Infancy,  even in the earliest years we should be encouraging our children to be physically active, as  new born babies start to develop motor functions and start to move around, it's healthy to teach them to play and be active as safely as possible, of course.

Once your child has learnt to walk by themselves, parents should aim encourage at least 3 Hours of activity. This can range from walks to the park, simple play of the toys or an active game.
Young children should be encouraged to be active every day, especially under the age of 5 when it is necessary to a child's health. Light activities for children under 5 Years old, such as walking and merely getting your baby to stand will keep them active at home for the most part and should be encouraged every day.

When they are inactive for prolong periods of the day (with the exception of sleep), long journeys in the car, being pushed around in a pram during the day, even extended periods in front of the television can increase the risk of bad health and an unwillingness to be active later in life.

During the run into and through puberty, a time when fat cells are being created, your child will need to become much more active in their daily lives. From 6 - 18 years old, you should encourage your children to be active for at least 1 Hour a day with more moderate exercise, riding bikes and running for example. Ball games, climbing frames and taking your children swimming are also all good examples that your children can do safely.

At this point in their life and indeed the journey through puberty they will require 3 types of exercise to keep the body growing healthily; Muscle Strengthening, Bone Strengthening and Aerobic Workouts.

Muscle-strengthening Exercises - are any that require the child to lift their own body weight of work to a resistance. Some include;

  • Climbing
  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor Sports
  • Sit-Ups
  • Swimming

Bone-Strengthening Exercises - are any that cause healthy active impact or tension on the bones, which will promote growth during childhood and teenage years. Examples would include;

  • Skip Rope
  • Star Jumps
  • Tree Climbing
  • Martial Arts
  • Tumble Gymnastics
  • Dancing

Aerobic Exercising - is fortunately a part of the previous two and incorporates into most highly active workouts. Highly active movements that get the heart beating and the body sweating all promote stamina and strength for a growing child. Key examples would include;

  • Jogging and Running (grass, rather than road if possible).
  • Swimming
  • Field Sports
  • High Speed Bike Riding