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Early years

26th Dec 2021

Children finding it hard to get recommended amount of physical activity this Winter

Melissa Carton

Are you getting less exercise because of the short days?

Children and families are finding themselves less and less able to get adequate levels of physical activity each day.

This situation is further compounded by the increased restrictions around interactions and group activities due to the ongoing pandemic as access to children’s typical outlets for physical exercise are limited.

The findings of a national research study undertaken by laya healthcare for the Laya Super Troopers programme examining the overall health and wellbeing of children aged 9 – 12 in Ireland revealed that more than half (59 per cent) of children of that age group are not getting the recommended one hour of daily physical activity per day.

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The research study also revealed that 81 per cent of parents of children in 4th, 5th and 6th class say that time spent outdoors plays a vital role in their children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The nationally representative survey explored all aspects of the health and wellness of children aged between 9 – 12 and revealed the important of taking part in physical activity with 87 per cent of parents claiming that their child is visibly happier after taking part in physical activity.

Fitness Trainer best-known as the Happy Fitness Guy and Laya Super Troopers TV participant, Ray Lally commented:

“It can be difficult for parents and families to keep active especially as the nights draw closer and temperatures go down. We need to become even more inventive in terms of how we integrate physical activity into the daily routine for children, now more than ever. It has been so great to work on Laya Super Troopers TV and develop short, fun activities that can be done at home but that will help integrate those healthy habits into our daily routine from a young age.”

Park walks and short cycles are a great way to fit in some exercise each day to help improve not just are physical but our mental health too.