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Do your children get 60 mins of active time a day? Add your comment and you could win a £100 voucher - NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Jun-13 14:06:40

We've been asked by the team at Seara to find out if (and how) your children (aged 5-18) (and other children you know) are getting the full recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day?

For guidelines see the NHS Choices site

Please share your thoughts and experiences on this thread. Please also share your tips for what you do to encourage your DC's to be active - or what you do with your DC's to get them active?

Share your tips etc on this thread and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 Love2Shop voucher.

We do recognise that, for various reasons, not all children (or adults) are able to reach the target of 60 minutes of exercise per day - and that 'exercise' can mean different things for different people. If this is the case for your child, do also feel free to share your experiences about how you encourage physical activity in ways that are consistent with their capacities.

thanks and good luck
MNHQ

Also: Seara are running a "Grassroots To Greatness Competition" at the moment: enter your childs' football team into the competition for their chance to win a Seara football sponsorship for next season - worth £3,000! More details here www.seara.co.uk

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Jul-13 11:02:47

Hi - thanks for all the feedback and comments am exhausted just reading them - am pleased to say sittinginthesun has been selected at random as the winner of the £100 Love2Shop voucher. Well done

whethergirl Wed 03-Jul-13 23:17:51

DS is tired a lot of the time, as he often has trouble sleeping so after school he is sometimes too knackered to do anything other than go home and relax which I think is fair enough actually - after a full day at school.

We walk to school and back but that's only 5 mins each way!
He does trampolining class every Sunday, which also involves a 15 min walk each way and the park afterwards.
If it's nice weather, then we'll pop to the park after school.

He normally likes to have one day at the weekend to laze around. I'll suggest the park or whatever but he does like to spend one day indoors, which again, I think is fair enough really.

He is not a sporty person really, doesn't mind playing bat/ball with me but can't get to grips with football or any other organised sport. He did Tai Kwon Do for quite a while but went off it when it started getting all a bit serious with grades etc. He loves swimming but gave up his classes when they started getting too difficult! But he loves me taking him and he'll just splash about. I'll try him with lessons again after the Summer.

He is also one of these really fidgety kids, often even when watching TV he'll be bobbing up and down on the sofa or doing sofa acrobatics!

Elainey1609 Wed 03-Jul-13 22:25:34

To be honest im really not sure
They will do if you include there pe lessons and play times.
At least 4/5 days a week anyway.
I don't drive so we mainly walk to and from school
And we only get bus if its a longer journey or bad weather.

They play outside when ever we can get to the park however we don't have a garden and its not exactly child friendly where I live so they don't play outside much.

They do have wii which they got for playing active games on I know it doesn't compensate but sometimes that is better than just sitting in front of tv watching cartoons on tv when weather is bad

ratbagcatbag Mon 01-Jul-13 12:26:45

I think my DSS (14) used to hit it, but is definitely hitting a lazy stage now, he competes in athletics, so trains twice a week for two hours a time and generally competes at the weekend. He plays out on his scooter if its nice, sometimes for five hours and is shattered when he comes in. We try and do walking at weekends and he is happy to hike for 10 miles at the weekends usually with a justified pub lunch at the end of it.

Only issue were having at the moment is he has stopped playing footy at dinner, instead walking to the chip shop for lunch which is worrying us somewhat and were struggling to get him to change this.

cather Mon 01-Jul-13 12:08:06

My 7 year son plays football at playtime and we go for walks and bike rides at weekends so he certainly get 60 mins a day.

I was worried that my eldest son who is 11 wasn't getting any exercise now he is at high school and whilst we generally went for a walk at weekends it wasn't enough exercise for him. He would rather play on the xbox than be outside! We recently started cycling as a family to try and encourage him to become more active and he is really enjoying it and we try to go out for longer rides at weekends and a shorter ride in the evening.

ThirdTimesABrokenFanjo Sat 29-Jun-13 20:29:58

we don't get 60 minutes of still time a day.sad

does any one with toddlers?

peronel Fri 28-Jun-13 14:21:12

Walk/scoot or cycle to school. then cubs/guides and run around when they get there. The garden is a godsend and weather permitting they are enticed out to play swingball, rounders or tag.

AllThatGlistens Fri 28-Jun-13 12:22:01

Yes easily, we walk back and forth from school every day, they scoot around the garden and are always on the trampoline.

tully67 Thu 27-Jun-13 23:58:58

I think both my sons get an hour day, the younger boys definitely. Walking to school, going to parks, playing in garden, trampolining, playing on bikes and scooters, running around at our allotment. bike rides when I'm not working, walks on the beach at the weekend.

sealight123 Thu 27-Jun-13 20:06:35

We are very lucky (or perhaps not) that my daughter is a very very energetic child. She rarely sits still, so I can tell that she is definitely getting enough exercise. Our way of getting her to exercise in a focused manner though is by doing it with her- playing with the ball in the garden, all of us doing funny dances to music in the kitchen or simply just going on a family walk with our pooch Saffy. Don't make exercise seem like a chore...make it a game smile

serendipity1980 Thu 27-Jun-13 19:47:36

My 5yr old DS gets lots of exercise, he cycles to school & back home which is 1 mile each way - he has to keep up with my electric wheelchair!. Then he often goes for bike rides along the canal with my husband, trampolining in the garden with his younger sister, running around, PE at school, gymnastics after school once a week, swimming lesson every weekend, play time at school. I think he gets 60mins most days!

He loves being active, which I'm really grateful for. We rarely let them watch TV, except when I'm having shower in morning, so they aren't used to sitting in front of it.

lissieloo Thu 27-Jun-13 12:14:20

Yes, easily. We walk to and from school, and always walk the dog after school. Usually for well over an hour. We also go swimming most Saturdays.

Lemonytrees Wed 26-Jun-13 19:18:28

Yes, easily. We often walk or scoot to and from school (20 mins each way). Both do tennis, hockey, cricket, rugby and swimming out of school and most of those more than 1x per week. If there isn't any sports club after school, they are playing cricket or football outside or riding bikes. They never stop!

charlieallred Tue 25-Jun-13 17:14:37

Absolutely! My twin daughters run around the house most of the day. Then we swim, play outside and go to splash pads (which usually have playgrounds too). Sometimes I'm the lazy one sitting around while they run.

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 24-Jun-13 17:11:39

I posted a week or so ago. Since then my eldest has rediscovered her bike so they both get an hour a day about 5 days a week on top of what they do at school. I feel better now.
smile

mummysbigsmiles Mon 24-Jun-13 16:58:23

My Daughter and I always go to our local park every morning 8am and walk around then run up and down the "rocky stairs" I call them, haha. I make it fun by singing the number of stairs as we are running up and down them!! Great fitness and it sets us up for the full day!! gringringrin Energy galore!!

prettybird Mon 24-Jun-13 15:28:06

Our difficulty is trying to find a day when ds (12, nearly 13) doesn't do an activity (as advised by his coach). We've had to deem Tuesday, which is a day when he "just" has PE, as "less active" so that'll be his "no training" day.

5 days a week, he walks to/from school: 50 minutes. Two days a week he gets PE. 3 days a week he gets rugby (he's in the "Rugby" class at one of the secondary schools that the SRU as funding as a "School of Rugby), plus after-school rugby training on a Monday. On Wednesdays and Sundays he has c. 1.5 hours rugby training or a game at his local club (he's been playing rugby since he was 5). On Saturdays he has 2 hours of cycle training. On some Wednesdays and Sundays he has cycle races (so we have to manage the conflict with the rugby).

The also appear to play various forms of rugby/football at break time or at lunch time at school (in S1 they're not allowed out the school grounds). He is fortunate to be at a state school that still has decent playing fields.

Hence the challenge in trying to find days for him to do cycle training without exhausting him.

We didn't push him into it except in the first couple of years of rugby when he wouldn't want to g but always loved it once he was there - he just enjoys the activity. The cycling is a new passion - one which started through watching the Tour de France and costs a lot more and is more dangerous than the rugby hmm - but he is showing talent at that as well.

As a result, we are happy to let him watch TV and play computer games when he wants to perhaps not what Seara want to hear

I think the key thing is integrating exercise into every day activities (like walking to school and ds used to cycle to his primary school, only about 7-10 minutes each way, in P6 there on his own and in P7 on his own both there and back) and then encouraging them in areas in which they show an interest. It's also about letting them have the freedom to go out and do things on their own: he cycles to get the papers at the weekend (part of "earning" his pocket money) and since last summer we have been letting him cycle in the neighbourhood (and gradually a bit further afield) on his own.

Yes they do.

My DC are 7, 9 and almost 11. They all walk to school and back (half a mile each way) every day.

DS1 is very sporty and plays hockey, cricket and football for local teams so has an hour training plus matches for each of them during the week. He also competes in athletics competitions at this time of year. In his spare time he is usually out playing football or tennis with his mates.

DS2 isn't as sporty as DS1, but does play hockey. He loves riding his bike and spends a lot of his spare time riding around in circles with his mates.

DD goes horseriding once a week. She also does active stuff with Brownies, and spends a lot of time in the park or on her scooter.

All 3 DC go to an open access play session for 2hrs on a Friday night, which is very active.

At the weekends we often go out on our bikes as a family and do a 10 mile ride (with a picnic halfway!). We also walk a lot of forest trails etc. If the weather isn't great we swim, or DH takes the boys to play badminton. It is definitely getting easier to be active together as a family as the DC get older.

Messandmayhem Mon 24-Jun-13 14:27:34

Does the fact that my DS (3) and DD (1) NEVER sit down and always run rather than walk count? Aside from that they chase around outside the house a couple of afternoons a week, help dig in the garden / allotment a couple of times a week, we regularly put the radio on and have "discos" in the sitting room and we take them to the park to play football every week or so.
I don't actively monitor how much active time they are getting but that's because they are obviously getting enough, if they had a tendency to be a bit less active generally then I think I'd pay more attention!

VonHerrBurton Mon 24-Jun-13 12:48:17

Not including pe and playtimes, as im sure sometimes he'll sit and chat to friends, pe id 'lame' in his opinion as he does a lot of stuff out of school that is a lot more challenging.

He's 10 and is coming up for his Taekwondo black belt grading. He trains at least four times a week for at least 1.5 hours per session. Often its a lot more. Two of the lessons are sport Taekwondo which he comes out of absolutely dripping wet from head to toe in sweat smile

However, because of the amount of training and effort he puts into that, we're really lax on him on his 'off' day/s as we don't want him to totally eat sleep breathe Taekwondo, his friends come round and they spend hours on the Xbox.

Sometimes he'll go on the trampoline with his friends. He walks most days to school so im sure it works out to over an hour a day spread out. But he is allowed to be very lazy when hes off!!

His friends really don't do much, the two im thinking of don't do anything organised at all. Their parents have tried them with all sorts but they lose interest after a few weeks.

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 24-Jun-13 09:54:56

Easily - if DD isn't doing organised activities like ballet, swimming, gym & football then she is running around at playtime, riding her bike, jumping on her trampoline, skipping, going for walks, riding her scooter, or just running around aimlessly.

Iwillorderthefood Mon 24-Jun-13 09:34:44

Yes definitely, they walk to and from school, which is 20 mins each way, they have their break times at school and they do not sit still very much at home!

On top of this, they do swimming, running club and school sports too at the moment this is football.

On the weekends they like riding their bikes in the local park.

FaresPlease Sun 23-Jun-13 21:28:29

Getting a huge trampoline for the garden was the best thing I ever did for my DC. All 3 bounce together (not strictly the safest, maybe!) and the exercise they get is great.

They also do loads of playing on bikes, scooters, roller skates etc, and swinging and climbing about on a big old tyre hung off a tree!

Added to this are gymnastics classes and we take them swimming most weekends.

So yes, most days my lot get at least 60 mind physical activity of some sort.

I do realise that we are very lucky to live where we do, with plenty of outside space to run around in/ flat tarmac to ride bikes etc on.

pussinwellyboots Thu 20-Jun-13 15:01:30

I try to give my boys (5 and 3) as much exercise as possible - none of us cope well with being cooped up for too long. Some days are better than others but usually DS gets lots of outdoor play at school followed by a trip to the park/swimming/gymbobs. DS2 and I usually walk to various activities and groups (tumble tots/swimming etc). Both have just learnt to ride pedal bikes so family bike rides are now on the agenda.

Otherwise being members of the national trust works well for us as a family and encourages us to get exercise in lovely surroundings (oftern with fantastic playgrounds)

FALSEdichotomy Thu 20-Jun-13 08:52:16

DS8 - I would say yes, more often than not:

PE at school
Games at school
Swimming at school
Trampolining at home and riding bikes with friends in our street (cul de sac)
Judo
Karate
Walking to after school activities
Occasionally walking home from school
Local leisure centre activity days where he gets to try out all sorts.

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