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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?

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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.

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pollywollydoodle Tue 11-Jun-13 14:21:48

my 9 yo dd gets hers by:
running/cycling/scooting to beat me on my mobility scooter on the way to school/trampolining/friends'houses/the park
Don't drive anywhere unless it really is foul/too far
Swimming and trampoline lessons
A garden with a trampoline, swingball and some grass where dh lays out obstacle courses for her

luckily she is quite sporty (unlike mewink )

pollywollydoodle Tue 11-Jun-13 14:24:36

i would say she gets an hour or more 5-6 days a week

ValentineWiggins Tue 11-Jun-13 14:26:51

I would say my dd gets around that - there's PE at school 3 times a week, plus swimming (twice), gym and general running round the garden/trampoline.

OvO Tue 11-Jun-13 14:30:47

Yes, but sometimes I'll have to bribe them with a biscuit to GET OUT THE CHUFFING HOUSE AND GO PLAY.

Only slightly defeats the purpose. blush

My 8 year old either walks/bikes/scooters to and from school. My 5 year old thinks his legs are going to drop off is he is made to walk.

They do a trampolining class once a week and a dance class.

Lizzylou Tue 11-Jun-13 14:32:22

My boys do, with PE, afterschool football, Golf lessons, swimming lessons, walk back to Childminders every evening.
At weekends we try and get out for a walk, encourage them to play outside, family bike rides etc.
DS2 is definitely the lazier of the two, he loves nature though so we try and combine that.
They both love Just Dance if it is bad weather (or maybe just laughing at me doing it blush).

always, we walk to school which is 15 minutes each way, we walk the dogs for an hour a day and they always play on the trampoline come rain or shine , gymnastics in the lounge on rainy days. My dd's (7yo and 9yo) are a bit like dogs and if they dont get a good amount of excercise they bounce off the walls.

MegBusset Tue 11-Jun-13 14:38:48

I struggle to get mine to sit still for an hour a day grin They are constantly on the go. We walk (well I walk, they run) to and from school and do longer walks at the weekends, they spend a lot of time in the garden or generally dashing about the house. At school/preschool they have access to good outdoor space & equipment.

I think the best way to keep them active is to make it part of their everyday life and also set a good example. I'm not very sporty but we are very outdoorsy and also they see me go out in my running gear.

mistlethrush Tue 11-Jun-13 14:40:18

Definitely at least 5 days a week - and probably on the additional two most weeks. This is PE, after school sports, karate. Weekends are easy - karate, dog walking, playing in the garden, cycling - its school days that are more likely to be problematical, but with the good weather its much better for being in the garden or taking the dog out for another walk.

popelloucla Tue 11-Jun-13 14:42:22

We walk to school and back every day and I assume they run around a bit at break and lunch.
P.E. twice a week, dancing twice a week and swimming once a week.
DD2 is more active, but DD1 probably averages at least 60 minutes a day.
Last night they were outside for a couple of hours doing gymnastics, riding their bikes and playing on the slide.

SummersHere Tue 11-Jun-13 14:50:13

More like 3-4 hours a day. Very active almost 5yr old. We walk/scoot everywhere (average 5-6 miles per day). Park, swimming, football, walks in the woods, soft play.
On warm evenings he has an hour playing on the local green after dinner too. Certainly keeps me fit!

wonkylegs Tue 11-Jun-13 14:52:32

My DS gets about that everyweek day and a bit more on weekends.
Walking to & from school (usually running & telling mummy to hurry up), out on bike, at park or just running round like a loony + playtime & PE at school.
We are hoping it will increase as we are about to move house to one with a huge garden which will help with getting outside as football/riding bike/obstacle course is currently restricted to the park.

My 2 get 60 mins easily (when DS1 is well) football, general rough housing and silly games give them plenty of excersise, the also have 2 playtimes at school (usually filled with football) and twice weekly PE.
I find it harder to get them to run around tbh.

BeCool Tue 11-Jun-13 14:59:59

My 5yo DD has a short walk to school, then a walk to after school care, where she usually runs/climbs/jumps etc for at least an hour. She loves to run, jump, scoot, climb etc and even on a 'lazy' day on a wet weekend she would have at least an hour moving/playing outside somewhere. She is very active naturally - which is lovely to see.

DD2 - only 2 now - is looking like being the same.

CMOTDibbler Tue 11-Jun-13 15:00:10

Ds is 7. He gets around 1hr45min general running round at school outside a day (adventure playground and large hard surface even in rain, large field for football/rugby/cricket playing at playtime).
Mondays he has cricket club, Weds, 1 hr games plus 1hr tennis, Thurs 1hr games lesson, Friday 1 hr swimming club, Sat 2 hrs horse riding plus general running round outside, maybe cycling as a family, Sun 2 hrs riding plus swimming and outside time.

His school are very outdoors and the children are always out and active

EauRouge Tue 11-Jun-13 15:03:17

Some days they get less, some days they get a lot more. I'd say it averages out at an hour a day.

My eldest DD is not the outdoorsy type but she will happily go to the playground. She has also expressed an interest in running because I go a few times a week. I've taken her for a trot around the block a few times and she loves it. She goes to gymnastics and ice skating once a week.

My youngest I have to drag out of the garden when it's bed time but is a bit young to really enjoy the playground and too young for any classes. She loves soft play though.

I think the trick is finding something they enjoy and then they learn to enjoy exercise and see it as part of life, rather than seeing it as a chore or something that they have to do.

chesticles Tue 11-Jun-13 15:04:38

Not sure really. DD (5) goes to dance and gymnastics classes each week. She also plays on the trampoline and kicks a ball about the garden for 30 - 60 minutes after tea. But that is interspersed with looking a bugs and watering flowers! She walks/scoots to 1 mile each way to nursery with the childminder a couple of times a week. The other days she goes in the car with Granny.
It probably all mounts up, but I suspect she should be more active.

Xiaoxiong Tue 11-Jun-13 15:05:52

On nice days it's easy - we go out to the park and he just runs round as much as possible. We usually walk there on reins, and I sling him when he gets tired and starts grabbing my knees to be carried on the way home. He's only just 18 months though so 60 minutes is about as much as he can handle in one go!

We don't have a garden big enough to be really active in, so for wet days is we've made one of the rooms in the attic into a playroom - suddenly he is willing to climb unaided up three floors' worth of stairs to get trains, down three floors to get a snack, up three floors to get back to the trains...

vitaminC Tue 11-Jun-13 15:07:20

We live in a flat, in an inner city, so no garden.
We rarely use our car - most places are easily accessible on foot/bike or by tram. When the weather is fine, we cycle to school and often the younger kids (DDs 8 and 10) will stay out for an hour riding around a nearby field after school.

We also go swimming fairly regularly, go bowling and ice skating from time to time and all 3 kids do sport or dance at least twice a week, in addition to PE lessons at school.

My 10yo DD currently has a stress fracture and is not allowed to do any sport for 3 months. It's hard to stop her as she's naturally such an active child!

The best way I have found to get my 14yo moving, however, is by taking her to Laser Game wink

Quangle Tue 11-Jun-13 15:08:12

I don't think they do. We live less than 2 mins from school and in a very urban area so not much scope for playing outside - no garden to speak of.

They do PE at school once a week (they are 6 and 3). They also do a couple of activity-related after school clubs (DS does football and FitKids which is basically games in the school hall and DD does dance) and both of them have swimming lessons but I'm not sure it adds up to an hour every day (although they do run around at playtime the school doesn't really have any outside space - they play on playdecks which are semi-internal and not huge. Enough for the 3yo but maybe not enough for the 6yo).

We walk everywhere though and spend a lot of time at the playground at the weekend.

The biggest problems for us are the lack of school facilities and school time to do this stuff. I'd like them to be doing something at school almost every day but there isn't time in the curriculum.

Xiaoxiong Tue 11-Jun-13 15:10:08

PS I absolutely agree with EauRouge - I was a geeky bookish type at school and my parents actively discouraged team sports. As a result there's nothing that I really enjoy doing except swimming, and that's such a production that I don't do it on a regular basis. I would love DS to do some sort of sociable exercise activity that's not too serious but that he can keep up when he's an adult, like tennis or squash.

chickensaladagain Tue 11-Jun-13 15:26:58

Honestly? No they don't

I work full time so school run is in the car 7.30 drop off and collect at 6, then by the time they have eaten its too late to play out

My 11 yo dd spends playtime and lunch mooching around the playground talking to her friends -it's not the done thing to run in yr 6
Her playing out at the weekend involves walking to the park then sitting on the swings chatting

She actually loves team games and plays rugby, dodgeball, netball and rounders when they are available at school but these are inconsistent and certainly not every week
She would love to join a rugby team but she spends alternate weekends with her dad and he won't commit to it

Dd2 is 9 and still runs around at lunch, plays on the trampoline after school and dances in the house but I would still say she doesn't consistently get 1 hour a day

MrsJohnDeere Tue 11-Jun-13 18:37:13

Easily, unless pouring with rain. Dcs 5 and 7.

Playtime plus play after lunch at school = 60 mins (of running around and/or football).

Plus PE three times a week at school.
Swimming once a week
Tennis once a week.
Endless hours of football and tennis at home.

MrsJohnDeere Tue 11-Jun-13 18:38:29

Plus cycling and long dog walks at weekend and school holidays.

defineme Tue 11-Jun-13 18:43:35

I'm not sure.
Today definitely-
ds1 in garden before school.
school run walk 15 minutes each way.
Running around at break times on large school fields (ds has football scrape as evidence, dd was hanging off play apparatus and ds1 has asd and constantly walks/flaps.
Came home and went on garden swings/trampoline.
Gone for 1 hour swimming lesson with grandparents.

Ds1 has been hard to motivate when swimming, but he will always swim lengths if we do them with him.
Ds2 is motivated by anything competitive.
Dd is harder to motivate, but likes to do activities without her brothers!

On a day when it's hideous weather and I know traffic will be bad on way to work we may drive to school. It's harder in winter when they gravitate towards the tv, but the wii seems to get them going. Timed activities around the house work well: 1 minute to find 5 red things etc

They love timed races up and down the street on their scooters-not sure how much the neighbours love it though!

My favourite thing to do with them is bike to the parks and they play football/go in playground and so on.

I know the secondary school they will go to is hot on competitive sport and I hope they become involved with that. I've shied away from football teams as yet because we like to go out ourselves at weekends and fixtures seem so disruptive: we're happy with the park and swimming at the moment.

The 8 and 5 yos, yes, easily. Running manically around the playground for 2 playtimes and a lunchbreak. And then a good hour or more of running manically around the house after tea. Or in the garden when it's nice.

Mind you, if the 5yo does too much exercise I'll be following him around saying "just stop and have some sweets/juice/biscuits" - he's diabetic. The trampoline is known as the "Hypo Machine".

The 11yo - hmm, doubt it. She does a lot of walking, a bit of trampolining, school PE, some cycling and swimming. But if you added it all up - maybe 30 minutes a day. More when the weather is nice.

manfalou Tue 11-Jun-13 18:53:16

My 2 .5 year old does MOST days. if its rubbish outdoors then theres not much for him to do in the means of 'exercise' indoors. If its a nice day we'll walk to the park or he'll spend most of the day outdoors doing something active. His Nursery is too far away to talk to unfortunately but I know he rides the bikes ALOT at nursery. He will be starting swimming lessons when he turns three and also jujitsu classes so from October he will be more active than ever =) My 2nd child is only 8 weeks old... I'd have fun trying to get him to ride a bike ;)

Kaffiene Tue 11-Jun-13 18:59:21

Easily - more like 2 hrs a day but she is still in nursery. I do worry about how we will fit it in when she starts school. DD has cerebral palsy and uses a walking frame but we always aim for a min 60mins of activity each day, doing different types if exercise.
She does swimming lessons and fun swimming, gymnastics, cycling, sports clubs and Physio as well as play parks etc. On very cold days we take her to shopping malls to make sure she has enough exercise.
We try to make her as active as possible in everyday life so it becomes a life habit which will help her in the future.

KatyMac Tue 11-Jun-13 19:03:36

DD is 15 & does about 16 hours a week of dance plus has several walks of about 3 miles (more in the holidays)

In about 18 months this will rise to approx 25 hours plus a daily walk (of I don't know what distance)

trockodile Tue 11-Jun-13 19:16:46

Pretty easily I would say-DS is 8 and plays sport 4-5 times a week at school + copious outdoor play also at school. Swimming lesson once a week and swimming with family at weekend. Usually cycles while DH runs 10-15 miles at weekend. Also family walks 1-2 times a week.
I generally find that asking-especially if it takes him away from TV!-is less successful than presenting it as a fait accompli-'after we go for a cycle, we will come home and have a movie night'

Jinsei Tue 11-Jun-13 19:17:45

Hmm, I think dd (8) gets a decent amount of exercise most days, but she could probably do a bit more.

We always walk to school and back, but that's only five minutes so doesn't amount to much! We also tend to do quite a bit of walking at the weekends. DD goes to dance classes three times a week (2 x 45 mins and 1 x 1.5hrs), and goes to a couple of extra-curricular sports clubs in school. Then there is school PE and all the incidental exercise that she probably gets from running round the playground, playing in the garden, going to the park, Doing wii dance etc. I am pretty sure she gets at least an hour of activity five days a week, less confident about the other two days.

Might need to step up the activity a bit on the other days!

BellaVida Tue 11-Jun-13 19:23:01

My older 3 DCs definitely do 5/6 days a week. Sunday is their day or rest.....and homework!

They are constantly I running around and playtimes alone covers this. As well, my eldest goes into school early every day to play football. My DS's do formal games lessons 3 times a week, plus 2 after school clubs for football and cricket or rugby. My DD does the same plus gymnastics at the weekend.

My youngest DD is 2 and doesn't really do 'proper' classes, but does a lot of soft play and is always doing gymnastics or freestyle dancing around the house! As soon as she is old enough she will be doing gymnastics too.

They sometimes do extra activities and swimming crash courses etc in the holidays too, as well as the usual time spent in the park.

They are all slim, healthy and bounding with energy, I am not! My exercise routine (or lack of one) is definitely the worst as it consists solely of running around after those 4. I find it almost impossible, as I never get time to myself, except when they are all in bed, by which point I am exhausted. I used to run, do aerobics, dance and be a lot slimmer and healthier. I am desperate to get back to where I was!

If I win a voucher, it free up some money towards classes of some sort to start after the summer when my youngest starts nursery!

arcticwaffle Tue 11-Jun-13 19:25:13

Yes, 13 and 11yo cycle to school, that's 30-40 mins a day. Then they do PE at school twice a week. Then judo for 1 or 2 hrs a week, 13yo does sailing club (2.5 hrs a week), plus skating, skateboarding, cycling. 11yo is most sedentary but runs around at youth club, and does kayaking, swimming, various bits and pieces.

9yo has 20 mins walk to school and back (altogether) but runs around a lot at break and lunchtime and after school, plus skating and various skipping and climbing and cycling activities.

We're quite enthusiastic about daily commute exercise possibillites, it seems to me that if you can fit a decent walk or cycle ride into your daily commute to work or school it ramps up suitably over the week and then it's fairly easy to be active.

My other way of encouraging is by example or doing it with them, so 13yo will come on a run with me (she is a LOT better than me), and they'll all come cycling or do watersports very happily, and they'll go on long walks with a bit of persuasion/bribery, but dp and I are both quite active and I tend to focus on our activity and fitness levels and hope the dc follow by example.

Also if I think they're indoors on screens too much I just ban the screens for a week. Not sure how much longer we can do that as they hit teenage but so far it works.

WildThongsHeartString Tue 11-Jun-13 19:28:27

My DS 14, has PE 4 times a week and he walks home from school most days which is a good 30 min and up hill all the way. When he can, he uses the council run gym for an hour. He is also in a badminton club which is 2 hours per week.
I would like him to do something else in the evenings though, but most of the clubs round here are private so too expensive.

Whojamaflip Tue 11-Jun-13 19:35:18

ds1 has pe 3 times a week, gym 2 hrs a week, tai kwondo 2 hrs a week and unless it us chucking it down they have to go out a lunch and breach at school. at the weekends he is never in and spends hours on his bike.

dd1 does pe 2 times a week as well as 15 hours of gym training over 4 days. any spare minute us spent on the trampoline.

boatclub Tue 11-Jun-13 19:37:43

my DSs aged 3 and 5 do most days. It is a 5 minute walk, cycle or scoot to school but on the way home we tend to have 15 mins charging round the park. DS1 has active after school activities 3 times a week. DS2 plays out at nursery for at least 20 mins. They both go swimming once a week. Most weekends we go for a walk,parks or a beach.

choccyp1g Tue 11-Jun-13 19:42:37

My DS (12) doesn't; in a week he does 3 hour long sports clubs, plus 3 half hour PE lessons a week. Playground at school is too small too run about, lives too far from school to walk...

In Junior school he got loads of exercise, but it seems much harder now in secondary.

Lilyloo Tue 11-Jun-13 19:55:53

I would say yes, they do quite a lot of organised avtivity
Ds 11 does football 3x a week and cricket x2 and swimming x1. He then plays out almost every day.
Dd 8 does dancing 4x a week and brownies and then plays out every day also.
Dd 5 also does rainbows, swimming and dancing once a week. She also plays out.
We are lucky in that area he cul details sac we live on has lots of kids on it and is safe to play out onto they can be out.
We also have a dog so that means we go out whatever the weather.
I would say my dc's do over 60 min a day.

Jinsei Tue 11-Jun-13 20:07:19

I'm a bit concerned about how to keep dd active when she gets a bit older. I think it's relatively easy with young children as they're naturally quite active, but when they're older, they stop running around as much - especially girls. I think dd will probably continue with her dancing, but will have to think of something else to supplement that...

KenDoddsDadsDog Tue 11-Jun-13 20:10:57

Definitely. 3 year old DD has organised activities and nursery plus general running around. She's out on her bike or scooter after nursery. At weekends she does tennis, swimming and soft play.

ouryve Tue 11-Jun-13 20:15:06

We always walk to school and back and DS1, in particular is incapable of just sitting down for more than a few minutes. He's currently playing with lego and is using All The Chairs. The only days in the school holidays when they don't get their walkies are when it's very icy, very wet or very hot.

QOD Tue 11-Jun-13 20:22:45

My dd age 14 does bugger all except PE at school. We live about 10 miles for school so she gets driven in. She walks round the school grounds from lesson to lesson, she walks to the bus stop after. That's about it sad

She is a skinny mini though and was incredibly active up to secondary school. 4 dance lessons a week, brownies/guides etc

BornToFolk Tue 11-Jun-13 20:42:26

DS gets at least 60 mins a day. We walk to and from school but that's only 5 mins each way. He's in Reception so spends a lot of the day running about (if his shoes are anything to go from, almost worn through!). He has a 30 min swimming lesson once a week and plays football on a Sat morning for an hour and a half. We quite often go to the playground after school when DS will run about for half an hour or so. He's football-mad so likes to have a kickabout in the garden at any opportunity.

My top tip is be too poor to run a car, it's marvellous for keeping you and your DC active! Seriusly though, it is one way of making regular exercise part of everyday life. The scheduled activities are great but I think it's more important that DS has the stamina to be able to walk a fair distance.

PenelopeCruiserliner Tue 11-Jun-13 20:53:32

Teenage dd does PE x2 pw but it doesn't always seem to be that strenuous - probably a total of an hour pw. She tells me she walks miles around school, up and down stairs so I suppose that has some value.

Rarely, she will go for a walk or use the exercise bike. Recently a doctor has told her to up her exercise to help with tension and insomnia issues. Needs a bit more encouragement in that direction.

Rosehassometoes Tue 11-Jun-13 22:45:31

I think when they're little it's easy, lots of time in the garden and a good selection of toys.
We plan to get bikes for all of us when they're older. Might also do running/biking/scootering together.

stephgr Tue 11-Jun-13 23:50:39

my 6 year old daughter is so energetic I would think she gets about 3 hours of exercise a day. We walk everywhere including to/from school, she runs around playgrounds, skips, cycles, zooms along on a scooter, swims, dance classes twice a week. I'm exhausted!

hermancakedestroyer Wed 12-Jun-13 07:50:34

I aim for 60 minutes a day but sometimes its slightly less and sometimes more.
I have to drive to school as the school is too far and the roads too dangerous to walk to but I park a long way from the school and we all walk in.
They are active during the school day playing football every break and lunchtime.
We then go to the local park in the evening for a kick about and its a 20 minute walk to the park.
If the weather is dreadful we put wii dance on and do a few sessions of that (some more successfully than others!!)
I often have a letter to post so we walk down to the post office which takes about 20 minutes round trip.
Its all about building exercise into the day so that the children don't really notice!

throckenholt Wed 12-Jun-13 08:14:41

Mine do - probably much more - they are 10 and 11. We HE (so don't get PE at school), rarely do organised sport, but they spend huge amounts of time on the trampoline, beg to go for cycle rides most days (we are trying to encourage them to go on their own more often now they are older), ride bikes round the garden, run races with each other in the garden (we are lucky we have a huge garden), generally race around outside. Often go for family walks too. Holidays usually involve lots of walking and they love getting to the top of hills (not my favourite activity !).

From observation of friends and family most other kids we know do more organised activity - gymnastics, swimming, football etc but generally not much un organised out and about stuff.

gazzalw Wed 12-Jun-13 10:15:59

Ours do, as the school run is a round walking trip of 60 minutes in its own right..... Of course in the Summer they get a lot more exercise because they tend to go to the park and play in the garden more!

DD definitely gets 60+ minutes per day:

Half mile walk to the childminder's every weekday morning.
30 minutes running about the playground at preschool three times per week, as well as the activities inside preschool.
Every Monday is a full day at preschool, she is non stop running about, playing hop scotch, skipping etc.
An outing to a country park/forest/soft play centre every week with her childminder involves lots of walking and running.
Dancing (tap and ballet) once a week.
Using her scooter in the park on most weekends.
Occasionally horse riding with Nanny.

emily80 Wed 12-Jun-13 11:31:49

I think my 4 year old son gets at least 60 minutes most day. School days are no problem as we walk to school and back (and he normally runs most of the way there with his friend), then he runs around playing with friends all playtime and lunchtime. Weekends he doesn't get so much, especially if the weather's bad, but we do go on a lot of days out so he'll do a lot of walking and playing in the garden during the summer.

dahville Wed 12-Jun-13 12:10:19

My son is young, 21 months, but he definitely gets more than his 60 minutes (more like 5 or 6 hours)!

Besides the play at daycare, running around, dancing, going on the slide, etc.,when he comes home he is on his bike/trike or running around with us from room to room and the back garden or at the play park. He meets the recommendation on the NHS site for 3 hours active (light/energetic) with a good range of activity.

We honestly don't have to encourage him at this, he naturally is on the move as soon as he wakes up.

RensRecipes Wed 12-Jun-13 12:17:58

My girls are 3y 11m & 16 months old, and I make sure they get out every day. When my youngest was born we would walk 2 miles to the next town. I'd put baby in the sling, and it would sometimes take my then 2 & a half year old hours but it fostered brilliant habits. Since my little one has been on her feet we've been taking short trips out to the local playpark, etc, without her buggy. I let her push a dolls buggy, and she loves it. As a family we do not drive, so my kids need to be good walkers grin)

OodPi Wed 12-Jun-13 12:27:48

Dd1(13) walks to & from school, PE twice a week and pretty much sits the rest of the time. Her dad sometimes takes her to badminton but she's v reluctant.

Dd2(11) walks or scoots to school. She does sport after school 4/5 nights a week plus some running & swimming 1-2 time a week. Also likes hill walking

Dd3(2) hasn't used a buggy since before she was 2 (she's not a runner wink and is out every day walking to groups/shops/park plus playing in the house/garden

Ds(3m) rolls on the floor!

WhatWouldGrandmaDo Wed 12-Jun-13 13:16:10

DS1 scoots to and from school every day - should be about 20 mins in total but by the time he's whizzed off ahead of us, raced his friends etc it ends up more like 30 I reckon! At playtime they run around and if the weather is OK we usually go to the park after school for half an hour or so.

I do drive but we live in the centre of a not-too-big town so most places we go, we walk - library, swimming pool, shops etc - well I walk & he scoots. At weekends we always try to get out & about too.

DS2 is harder work as he's 3.5 and prefers to take the buggy - I try to encourage him to use his scooter but he isn't keen and usually ends up wanting to be carried (which ain't happening!). He does the small child trick of walking agonisingly slowly examining every pebble and crack in the pavement so if we are on the school run or on our way somewhere it slows us down too much. He does run around at preschool though and in the playground after school pick up, and is generally very energetic.

imperfectparent Wed 12-Jun-13 13:25:24

It can be tricky with teenagers as they would sit in front of a computer for hours if you let them. However, mine walk to school and do some out of school competitive sports. That combined with the school PE schedule and the fact that as a family we are very keen walkers, ticks the box I think.

I think both my dses (7 and 4) get that. They both walk, cycle or scoot to school and back, they play outside in the garden after school. We spend weekends at the park, swimming or cycling. They play tennis, golf and rugby too.

We try to make being active a part of everyday life rather than focusing on doing exercise iyswim.

WowOoo Wed 12-Jun-13 14:00:14

Now that the weather is nicer, yes probably. So good weather helps a lot to get them outside for exercise.
During colder months I'm not so sure. Soft play is good for rainy days but ds1 has outgrown it a bit now and tends to think it's for babies.

We walk to school and after that he either has a sports lesson - so an hour of rugby or karate and if not he's on his scooter or bike.

We live on a very quiet road so him and his friends go up and down the pavements for at least an hour.

He also likes going to a mountain centre to practice climbing - another good one for cold or rainy days.

mandydave3 Wed 12-Jun-13 14:26:48

my 4 are very active they ride or scoot to school and we have a trampoline in our garden and they on that all the time. We also have lots of trips to the park and local nature reserve

IsotopeMe Wed 12-Jun-13 14:34:42

Mine walk or scoot to school and back, plus pe at school, plus swimming lessons, tennis lessons, karate and football. Most afternoon we are found riding or scooting at the area near our house. The toddler gets less formal active time but is constantly on the move! I would say it averages out although it is harder when the days are wet!

nohalfmeasures Wed 12-Jun-13 14:36:45

My ds2 is really active. He plays football at breaktimes at school then
Mon 1hrs football
Tues cycling club

Babieseverywhere Wed 12-Jun-13 14:52:58

I believe in walking whenever possible, so my two oldest children get 30 minutes walking to and from school per day. Added to their playgroup activities during their two school breaks and lunch time. I reckon my two oldest must get their full recommended 60 minutes of activity in an average school day.

Even my toddler (who is outside this thread age range) walks to and from school, totalling an hours walk a day most days (Ie there and back twice).

I find my 6 yo DD1 likes being active and often asks if we can go to the children's park on the way home from school, which we do 2 or 3 times a week if the weather is nice.

Where as 4 yo DS just wants to get home and chill out in front of a screen (TV or computer).

I have an arrangement for my DS that for every minute he plays without moaning at the children's park, I'll let him have a similar length of time on the computer.

I also exchange time on our trampoline at home for screen time too.

We have recently borrowed/bought enough pedal bikes for our family and have started cycling around our local country park, with the youngest two in a bike trailer and carrying a food treat or picnic to encourage DS to bike.

Left to their own devices I am sure that DD1 and DD2 would always find a way to be active and burn off energy but DS needs encouragement and gentle nagging to make sure he does the same.

We hope to find more active hobbies we can share with the children, as they grow up.

Babieseverywhere Wed 12-Jun-13 14:53:24

playgroup playground

Nyasha Wed 12-Jun-13 16:57:06

We always walk/bike/scoot to and from school(we don't have a car) and that's 20mins either way. Plays in the park after school plus the PE and running around at school on breaks.

DD used to get a good hour of exercise a day, out on her bike, scooter, running around the garden - but now she's 15 she's a typical teen, home from school and vanishes into her room, homework then playing music and on the computer, phone etc.

She walks to & from school, which is about 20 minutes each way at a fairly fast pace. So that's 40 minutes a day. That is really the only 'regular' exercise she gets - apart from PE which is only once a week, and swimming, again once a week.

Stircrazyafteralltheseyears Wed 12-Jun-13 17:12:58

My 9 y.o DS has an hour of swimming at school on one day a week, plus an hour of school sport on another weekday; then once at home he'll bounce on his trampoline for at least 30 mins (or more) depending on weather. If it's fine, he will also have half an hour or more outside playing golf with his Dad after supper, or kicking a ball. Or they'll go to the local park for some exercise on a zip wire there. Sometimes they will also go out on bikes for a ride to the next village, when it's fine - this takes around an hour. I think it's largely down to the weather really - the better the weather, the more he'll do outside. Oh, and every fortnight he goes for an extra 1 to 1 swimming lesson on a Saturday (half an hour). His Dad might later take him to a driving range later on a Saturday too (another hour). - So all in all, he's probably getting quite a good amount of exercise.

dotcomlovenest Wed 12-Jun-13 19:05:08

We walk to school and back daily so in the winter they still get exercise. In the summer is it significantly more than that they play out for hours.

nextphase Wed 12-Jun-13 19:11:15

Mine are too young officially, but at 4 and 2, I'd settle for sitting still for 10 mins!
They rough and tumble with each other, use me as a climbing frame, play football, jump on the trampoline, chase the cat, and ask to go to the park. Bike or walk there.

I think building it into normal life helps - walk when you can, and make it fun, not a chore.

heronsfly Wed 12-Jun-13 19:11:27

My DD2 16 dances 6 days a week for at least 2 hours somedays 4/6 hours.
DD3 14 doesn't do ANYTHING, apart from compulsory sport at school, and walking from the bus stop to school,and she even moans about that grin

mercibucket Wed 12-Jun-13 19:21:14

mine do, but we pay a fair bit for after school sports clubs

topsyandturvy Wed 12-Jun-13 19:55:39

Well I didn't think my children lacked exercise but they certainly get less than others on this thread.

10 minutes walk in total to school and back each day.

Errrr. Sports club each once a week.

Ad hoc park visits or country walk, maybe one a fortnight, goodness sounds terrible.

Best tip is group classes which children find to be fun, or the park where kids will always find a way to run around

sharond101 Wed 12-Jun-13 21:57:53

My Lo is only 1 year old but we plan to encourage him by getting out and about in the outdoors with him. We all have bikes and have a baby Croozer pod so he can come with us. We walk the dog with him each day and take him out in his trike. We also take him swimming.

My 9 year old cousin gets enough exercise by cycling to and from school every day which he is able to do now the school have provided a bike shed. He uses his scooter or bike every day after school and at the weekend goes walking with his Grandpa.

JedwardScissorhands Wed 12-Jun-13 22:02:57

We walk to the school bus every day and usually stop off at the park on our way there or back.

I have noticed a lot of school clubs are lunch clubs, rather than after school, and have for this reason not signed up for them; I don't think it's good for primary aged children to be inside rather than having an outdoor play time.

likesnowflakesinanocean Wed 12-Jun-13 22:31:21

The best tip for getting them active is to make everything into a game, we are walking to shop who can spot a squirrell, count the such a thing, collect enough for a nature picture.

sports they love doing and would never say no to are trampoline, swimming and frisbee chasing.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 12-Jun-13 22:39:55

dd and ds get 2x 15 minute play times, and half an hour at lunch time.

they go to and from school in the car, but walk further than some of the locals to get to the car and to the school. we go to the park after school. we have walked it before, when ds napped after nursery. he is in reception now and needs to be in bed earlier, so a drive to the park, play there and drive home is the only way we can fit everything in (2x ot 1x speech therapy and 1x physio) as well as reading, spellings, homework. they do gymnstics after school one day nd 3 days of wither park, scootering in the garden or running arround the grden (shared garden, big area. sometimes we go a walk after school to de-stress ds (asd) and help with the physio (dd)

IAgreeCompletely Thu 13-Jun-13 01:04:00

I have a 16 and 18 year old. They don't do 60 min a day but are active. They walk to school which is about 20 mins with big hills. They fast.

The 18 year old always goes for a walk everyday if he is not at school. He goes for an hour or so and listens to music on his head phones. He plays badminton with his friends.

My 16 year old plays tennis once a week and runs every day or so. She runs in the street for quite short runs. Maybe 20 or 30 minutes but comes home red faced and sweaty grin.

I play sports or do exercise every single day and I think this has been a huge factor in helping the kids see that exercise should be an normal daily activity. I have never made the do activities they didn't want to do but I have exposed them to lots of different things. They are happy to do sports that they don't excel in.

They are healthy weights and are aware of eating healthily.

poshme Thu 13-Jun-13 12:07:28

Sometimes 60 minutes a day- at weekends a dog walk or bike ride each day - at least an hour.Once a week cricket club after school. Most days at least 10-20 minutes trampolining unless weathers horrible. 10 minutes to and from School walking or scooting.
It is quite weather dependent.

poshme Thu 13-Jun-13 12:09:42

Oops - forgot tips. Um- have a trampoline! Sometimes bribes- so eg when we take dog for walk we have treats along the way- maybe a haribo each or something.
Making it part of family life - we all go for walk or bike ride even though I'd rather sit on the sofa
We also do gardening which is quite active- digging etc which makes it fun.

HomageToCannelloni Thu 13-Jun-13 12:25:09

No worries about our two, the difficulty is getting them to come IN from the garden at bath time! We are all out in the evenings in decent enough weather though. (by which I mean not freezing, none of us mind a spot of rain!)
Scooters, dens, bikes, ride on vehicles that need peddaling, trampoline, gym bar, jumps...they are real outdoorsy kids.

HomageToCannelloni Thu 13-Jun-13 12:27:43

Oh and tips....well I'm not sure we have consciously done anything. Except be out there a lot ourselves. they do have a Wii, but I can't remember the last time it was used...ditto the tv. Though we do use them more in the winter. We did though rent a house with a huge garden with wild spaces, rather than buy a house with a small garden...for which we will probably pay through the teeth when we get older...ho hum!

QueenandKingMum Thu 13-Jun-13 12:32:30

My 5 and 7 year old get their 60 minutes a day by scootering or walking to school, playtime at school, after school sports clubs or swim lessons. We also have a trampoline in the garden which is a daily exercise!

My children are naturally active, getting them to move is never a hardship, we are a very active family, but I would just recommend it's fun and child centred.

Ragwort Thu 13-Jun-13 12:37:11

My DS (12) is really into cricket and plays most nights but not sure how active that is - involves a lot of standing around grin.

Generally though he is a pretty active child, often walks to school (40 mins each way), goes out on his bike, loves all school sports etc etc. Is a very healthy weight and doesn't even like sweets/chocolates/puddings etc hmm

Now I just wish I had the motivation to do 60 mins exercise a day - perhaps he could encourage me !

megandraper Thu 13-Jun-13 12:38:56

My 5yo definitely does - 15 mins each way walking/scooting to/from school, plus PE, running around at playtime at school, running around with siblings at home, swimming and cycling at weekends.

My 3yo only walks/scoots one way to school/nursery and rides in pram other way (tired), but does all the other stuff.

My 1yo just dashes about everywhere at home, but rides in the pram for school run.

My tips.
- Build it in to your day, so walk to school (or part of the way) if at all possible. Walk to places at the weekend, make the walk part of the outing.
- Don't have TV on in the day. We don't, and my 3 just play together (with some outbreaks of arguing, natch, all the time, running around and keeping active. Doesn't occur to them not to.
- At the weekend, make getting outside a priority, and start young with activities that involve walking but are fun for kids.

AnAirOfHope Thu 13-Jun-13 12:50:28

I have a 4 & 1yo.

4yo walks to and back from school five days a week
An hour football training Monday. Tue and Wednesday
swimming an hour an half on Thursday
Two hours running round at soft play on Fridays
Saturday is playing at home with an hour playing in garden with football or playing raceing cars
Sunday is playing at gp so walking their dog, playing chase and football.

So yes he gets at least 60 minutes per day. He also plays out at school and has pe and sports day.

He is just that type of person that wants to be active and I couldnt keep him still if I tried.
1yo is not the same and I have to make her walk or play outside. She perfers reading and talking and sitting a lot.

NorkyButNice Thu 13-Jun-13 12:58:46

DS1 (5) would sit on the sofa and watch TV all day if I let him so luckily his school is hot on getting them all up and moving at every opportunity.

He also does swimming, gymnastics and athletics which he loves.

AtYourCervix Thu 13-Jun-13 13:26:09

Both of mine do with just the walk to and from school and always have.

Apart from that.....

DD1 (17) does 2 hours dance, gym, tennis and general bouncing around all evening.

DD2 (15) does virtually nothing and is bone idle.

iseenodust Thu 13-Jun-13 13:51:44

DS (8) does as a minimum in a week
3.5 hrs tennis
1.5 hrs cricket
2 hrs football club
(more of any of above if there are team matches)
football every lunchtime at school
ball games in the back garden
sometimes walks the dog with me
but no walking to school as rural/too far.

meglet Thu 13-Jun-13 14:05:46

yes, 6yo DS ad 4yo DD get an hour a day. As do I, I go mad when I'm ill and unable to get out the house.

They walk to school / nursery every day (barring torrential rain).
Swimming lessons one day a week.
Playing in the park for up to an hour some days after school.
Long walks at the weekend.
If I'm doing an exercise DVD they join in.

I'm concerned about how they will be able to be active when they are teenagers, don't some schools have short lunch breaks these days? Barely time for them to eat and stretch their legs. I have vague plans to join them up to my gym as they can do the classes from age 14 grin.

unadulterateddad Thu 13-Jun-13 14:22:49

I'm lucky my DS loves being active

Swimming and cycling are great activities that can last for over an hour.

Getting a dog also helped - hour long walks are happily undertaken come rain or shine

My two easily get 60 minutes exercise a day, sometimes before breakfast. On nice days they're out on bikes at every opportunity, or we'll go for walks along the river/ transpennine trail. DS plays rugby, we walk the school run etc.
DD likes doing yoga and Pilates on the wii fit, between us we do a fair bit of exercise.

Tee2072 Thu 13-Jun-13 14:32:54

Well, he's only four, but yes he does. At least.

He walks 3 miles round trip to school and usually has a run around the garden for at least 30 minutes an afternoon.

WouldBeHarrietVane Thu 13-Jun-13 14:34:27


Running around
At soft play
Doing action songs eg little rabbits sleeping!

nenevomito Thu 13-Jun-13 14:36:28

DS easily gets 60 mins + on the weekend as he does swimming, is constantly on the trampoline and we go for bike rides that easily last over an hour.

Weekdays are bit more tricky, but he runs around in the playground at breaks and lunch, does gymnastics and JuJitsu and goes on the trampoline a lot so long as its not raining.

When its light in the evenings its a lot easier for them to do the 60 mins. When its winter, so they can't go out in the garden all the time, its more difficult.

Taffeta Thu 13-Jun-13 14:42:28

DS (9) plays football for 2 hours x 4 pw in season, cricket 2 hours pw, tennis 1 hr pw, rugby 1 hr pw as well as playing football tennis and cricket in the garden whenever he can talk someone into it.
DD (6) does gym 1 hr pw, swimming 1 hr pw, horse riding once pw and plays in the garden a lot. They also usually run around at school on the playground and grass for min 45 minutes each day. Often they will stay on the school playground or grass for 30 mins at the end of the day playing.

We cycle irregularly as a family as DS and DD are at very different levels. We should walk to school more, it's a mile, but I try to start work ASAP after dropping them off and getting home eats into this time. When and if the weather ever improves I will try and walk them twice a week.

DD likes the climbing frame, the bars especially. Other than that, friends round to play usually ensures some running round in the garden.

Kveta Thu 13-Jun-13 15:37:48

god, my kids get at least 60 minutes active time every night, let alone during the day! they are 1 and 3.8 though.

Wishihadabs Thu 13-Jun-13 15:39:16

Yes. Ds 9, dd 6. They do something every night after school. Even if it's just going to the park to kick a ball. At the weekend we all go on bikerides, /swimming/roller disco together.They do PE twice a week at school and swim everyday in the summer.

TBH the school is great they offer football, rugby, ballet, swimming and caporeia classes after school for minimal cost (2:50) so that helps. I take who ever doesn't have a club to the park for a run whilst the other does their activity. The only day with no clubs is Friday, so I suppose on a wet Friday in winter they might not getan hour otherwise always.

DS1 is 4YO and we walk to school so that is 45mins a day for him, then playing on his scooter/cycling/running around in th garden for 20mins a day (longer if the weather is better). I think the weather is against us in the UK. Other countries watch less tv and are able to spend more time outside because it's sunny. Who wants to muck about with wet weather gear all the time! He had his first sports day today and was nimble and had stamina, definitely the walking helping.

Alanna1 Thu 13-Jun-13 16:11:14

Mine struggle. My toddler DD1 is in full time nursery with limited outdoor space. She is supposed to go out twice a day at nursery, weather permitting. We both work FT. We try to take her home via the park at least twice a week, and she runs about in the garden at home in the evenings and where possible in the mornings, weather permitting. We try to prioritise activities involving exercise and outdoor time for at least two hours both days at the weekend, morning and afternoon - swimming, walking to shops, etc. And I use every excuse to get her to go up and down the stairs at home! But its tough and I don't think she gets enough. When she can walk the distance to nursery with me it will be better I hope.

ChunkyPickle Thu 13-Jun-13 16:16:07

Yes. He's 2, and we spend an hour a day just walking about (not to go anywhere, he just demands walks like a puppy).

Then he'll run (and jump) to the station and back to meet his dad (15 mins), and of course there's the general running and jumping around the house that all toddlers do, and whatever he gets up to at nursery!

This is with pregnant me lagging behind being encouraged to 'come on mum' 'mama JUMP' 'ready, steady, GO... Run mama!' at least I get my exercise too grin

inzidoodle Thu 13-Jun-13 17:09:34

My DD(5) and DS(2) spend alot of time running in the garden also playing on scooters/bikes. DD has pe at school and also spends lunch/break times running around with friends. At weekends we walk our dog round a local Loch and they go to soft play/playpark. I don't try to measure there exercise, some day's will be more active than other's but overall they are getting plenty.

skyeskyeskye Thu 13-Jun-13 17:16:16

DD is 5yo. She doesn't get an hour a day, but she walks to school and back every day, which is about ten minutes. She spends most of her school break running around.

She has a trampoline that she loves and is out bouncing around on it at every opportunity. We always walk to the shops and she does PE once a week. She goes to after school club once a week and they are outside running around when the weather is good.

Best thing we ever did was to get the trampoline

UseHerName Thu 13-Jun-13 17:33:35

I'd say averaging out her activity over a year she'd get an hour a day - not sure that she would otherwise. Otherwise it would be an hour a day 5 ish days a week

LackaDAISYcal Thu 13-Jun-13 18:01:55

As a family we try to get out walking at least once onver the weekend for a long walk, or take scooters to the park, or just have a run about on the local playing field but we are not as active as I'd like, mainly due to me having a rheumatological condition with chronic fatigue and aching joints.


DD, 6, ballet once a week (45mins), swimming once a week (30mins), walking to and from school, 10mins each way, running around in the playground at least 45mins per day, plus playing in the garden when we get home from school. Indoor PE and outdoor PE once a week for an hour each. I reckon she gets the right amount.

DS1, 11, cycles to school, and goes early so he and his mates muck about in the playground until other parents start to arrive. He does PE twice a week, but other than that not a lot. We cannot get him to go out and play, and he grumbles whenever we have to do something that involves exercise, though he does enjoy the climbing that they do with school.

DS2, 4, runs everywhere, plays in the garden all day Monday and Tuesday when he is at home with me, takes his little balance bike everywhere and is basically never still; even lounging in the house, he is hanging upside down and tapping his feet. The ither three days he goes to school and they ahve a huge outdoor space, with lots of running around space, things to climb on etc etc. He tells me that he "went outside twice today" but what he actually means is that they made him come inside for lunch. He never stops, so I reckon he gets enough.

allagory Thu 13-Jun-13 18:10:01

My 9 year old does the following:-
walk to /from school, clubs etc - 2-3 hours a week
sports clubs - 5 hours a week
school break time - 5 hours a week
at the park / in the garden - 2-3 hours a week

The big problem is in the holidays, in the winter. We have found a multi actvity club for him to go to 1 day a week but it would be better if we could give him 2 hours a day, every day. But we can't balance that with our other commitments (younger son, grandparents looking after him, work etc.)

The clubs all add up to a lot of money, so I am sure a lot of people can't afford it I do think that more could be done to help kids organise their own games. They don't need a coach to be there. They just need an adult to fix a time and a date, then tell everyone else.

Hopefully at 9 he will be old enough to go to the park with his friend this summer.

katb1973 Thu 13-Jun-13 18:41:04

I would say on average yes..but this can be weather dependent. We are massive playground goers, they scoot and cycle, swim once a week and play at school but here are still days I feel guilty because we've sat inside and played lego all day....

Yes ds age 3 is out in the garden every day playing, he us aleays bext door at grandads helping to mow the lawn, picking up grass etc
He swims twice a week, football on a saturday and goes on his trampoline every day it's fine.
At nursery they have half an hour a day playing out in the garden, mini movers and football sessions plus a soft play room. Although he is only there for two and a half hours a day he comes home exhausted!
At weekends we go to the beach, for walks or to the park.
He is also a bit like a dog and needs regular exercise to stop him being like a bouncing bean.

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 13-Jun-13 19:06:10

Much more than that most days for dd

She does PE at school twice a week around 40 mins or so plus swimming once a week too

Every day she does stretching and flexibility excercises then

Mondays 30 mins line dancing 45 mind contemporary
Tuesdays 45 mins each of tap, modern & ballet
Thursdays 30 mins of street dance
Friday 1 hour drama with lots of physical activity and 1 hour jazz dance
Saturday 1 hour ballet plus she often goes swimming

sittinginthesun Thu 13-Jun-13 19:07:01

My eldest thrives if he does competitive sport regularly. He sleeps better, is engaged at school, and is generally in a far better mood.

He is aged 9, and reckons he does 10-12 hours a week, not including playing outside at playtime or lunchtime. We are in the middle of tennis season, so he is playing around 6 hours a week, plus football training, swimming and school PE.

DS2 is aged 6, and plays tennis, school multi sports club, swimming and school stuff. Probably 30 mins organised sport per day, plus running around at playtime.

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 13-Jun-13 19:11:59

Forgot to say dd hates sport and is very pleased she won't have to do any PE at her new secondary school (instead she gets to do a daily ballet class)

BreasticlesNTesticles Thu 13-Jun-13 19:24:02

DD1 aged 4 definitely as she runs everywhere, and would live on the climbing frame if I let her. Also does gym at school, swimming and ballet.

DD2 has just turned 2 and wanders around aimlessly chatting to herself for hours, moving Peppa Pigs into various compromising positions. She is naturally less active than her sister though.

Bot love playing in the garden and slides.

tanfastic Thu 13-Jun-13 19:30:22

Not sure he does get a full 60 minutes but we walk to school and back and he runs about at playtime for a good thirty minutes or so. Weekends are active smile

yetanotherworry Thu 13-Jun-13 19:47:58

I'd like to think so. We walk to and fro school and the school encourages lots of activity whilst they're there. Then they all do after school/weekend activities. When its dry they spend lots of time in the garden (e.g. trampolining or climbing trees) on weekends or go for walks/find geocaches.

GetKnitted Thu 13-Jun-13 19:58:28

My son is just 5, and at that age I think 60 minutes of being active is as natural to him as breathing... actually I think it is more like 360 minutes of being active!

Pics Thu 13-Jun-13 20:15:56

I have a 6 yr old and 2 year old.
It depends on the weather - if it is foul outside i do not make them go out, although as the smaller one gets bigger this is easier as she can recognise when she is cold more.

6 yr old - out at scholl almost every day for 30 minutes or more - but not always running around as such, but PE of 20- 30 minutes twice a week and country dancing for 30 minutes once a week. If the weather is good, they are tipped straight into the garden after school, and can be out running around, scootering and trampolining for up to 2 hrs, more at a weekend. They also like a bit of a dance indoors.

I think it is probably not as much as 60 minutes every day though, especially in winter.

Does bouncing on the bed after lights out count?

Ds always walks to school so at least 30 minutes walking everyday and he often takes the dog in the garden for a game of football. He also plays on his scooter and swims once a week.

We walk the dog for at least a couple of hours a day on weekends and holidays as he has to do what I do.alone in the week. This usually involves the pair if them belting around like crazy!

LEMisdisappointed Thu 13-Jun-13 20:32:02

I don't know really. It depends what counts.

We walk to school - 15 minutes each way, so thats half an hour. She then, i assume plays a break and dinner time. She has a dance group on monday. Tuesday she does roller hockey for an hour. Wednesday is homework night, but may go and play before coming home from school with other kids - only in summer though. Thursday she helps with an activity after school, not intensively active but active enough. Friday, not much, possible play after school. Saturday pony club, every other sunday horse riding. Then there is going for walks, general play and visiting play parks.

I don't think she gets 60 minutes every single day but i would think over the week she averages over this.

We like to go on bike rides, we are a bit feast or famine on this, she rides a tag along as her balance isnt great, but she does pedal the tag-along.

LEMisdisappointed Thu 13-Jun-13 20:35:20

I wonder how skewed this data is towards those whose children are active? Would you post here if you were couch potatos?

NorbertDentressangle Thu 13-Jun-13 20:42:04

On average I would say that DS exceeds this but he's a 9yo who never sits still, prefers to run rather than walk and is never happier than when he's kicking a football around. In the summer months (well, if you can call it 'summer'!!) he plays out after school and all weekend, plus has swimming and football after school activities.

DD, being a teenager, varies a lot. She has days where you have to prise her off the sofa but other days she'll be out on the trampoline, playing ball games with friends etc. She walks part of the way to school each day (15mins), enjoys PE and does gymnastics once a week. On average she probably does less than 60 mins a day.

toffeefee Thu 13-Jun-13 20:47:56

DD is 6 and she definitely gets at least 60 minutes of active time per day. We walk to school every day then when at school they are very active and have lots of PE time and other outdoor activities. She also swims once a week at school. Outside of school she does 2 dance classes at least per week, another swimming lesson, and on top of this she and DS (age 3) will play outside with the other children on our street for 1-2 hours per day after school where they play chase, ride bikes or scooters, go to the park, go on treasure hunts, climb trees and so on.

I have no worries at all about how active my children are, but I know that we are lucky to live in a place where the children can safely play outside and have a park very near by. Also our school is very pro-active in sports and activity which makes it very easy.

expatinscotland Thu 13-Jun-13 20:48:49

We don't have a garden or a safe place for our children, ages 4 and 7, to play out (a car park and then a 40mph road and no traffic signals at all).

It's very easy to point fingers and accuse parents of wrapping kids in cotton wool, or that they just need to go out and play, but the FACT is that due to high house prices/rents many do not have a play to play outside that is safe.

Mine walk to and from school/nursery, about 3/4 mile each way. The younger one does this four times/day with me 3 days/week as I go to collect the older child in the afternoon. I take him to the park daily or for a walk on top of that.

3 days/week after school the 7-year-old has dance, football or Beavers and both go to football on Saturday and then swimming.

So they do get the recommended time in, but I can see where many don't, particularly if both parents/lone parent has to work full-time and don't have time to do what I am able to do.

I do honestly feel very lucky that we have a garden big enough for tearing around, and kids that beg to go outside even when the weather is foul. Based on the principle that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing, I never say no unless it really is bedtime!

Triumphoveradversity Thu 13-Jun-13 21:07:30

Plays football before school for about 10 minutes and at lunch for about 20 minutes.

Has PE three times or once a week on alternate weeks

Football twice a week

Walks to school but only five minutes

Odd kick about in the garden

ShoeWhore Thu 13-Jun-13 21:12:48

It's easier in summer than in winter tbh.

At the moment ds1 does 2 hours PE, 2 hours tennis, 30min swim, 2 hours football each week. Spends a good half hour running around at lunchtime each school day plus morning/afternoon break. Walks to and from school most days (half hour round trip) I think that's about 11hours per week?

My younger two do the same but do 1hr football and tennis and an extra hour of school dance club.

At weekends we often get them on their bikes or go for a walk or they play football in the garden. It does help that where we live is rural and so our lifestyle is by default quite outdoorsy - there's not much else to do!

FairyPenguin Thu 13-Jun-13 21:20:08

Yes I think mine do, especially when it's not cold or wet outside.

We walk to school, there's PE twice a week, DD has swimming, gymnastics, ballet and tap lessons once a week. DS has swimming, gymnastics and rugby lessons once a week. They love going out on their bikes and scooters, set up obstacle courses for each other in the garden, and run around like crazy after school every day.

We walk as much as possible and only take the car when we have to, plus often go for walks at weekends to National Trust places.

They put me to shame actually, if only I could fit in exercise classes myself!

frazzled74 Thu 13-Jun-13 22:10:23

mine walk to school and back, 15 min each day plus walking to shops activities etc, do dancing/karate/swimming lessons each week, plus park/beach with scooters once or twice a week . Yes I think that they probably do. Most children that I know also do but i do have a relative whos child has a lift 5 minutes up the road for school as refuses to walk.

Stickylittlefingers Thu 13-Jun-13 22:14:00

Yes, due to several advantages we enjoy:

a) they walk to/from school, we live close enough.
b) we can walk into town and back easily, again it's less than a mile
c) they go to after school sports clubs (this was not possible when I was working)
d) they play a lot in the garden, we are lucky to have a decent sized one

Both DP and I exercise regularly so they think it's a normal part of life.

500internalerror Thu 13-Jun-13 22:36:22

40 mins on the school journey/back each day.
They get 2 hrs in the park once or twice a week, an hour of sports clubs, scouts often do physical things, plus the play in the garden/park at weekends.

But its lovely to have a duvet day sometimes grin

Yes, they do, on the whole, inspite of not doing anything worthy like walking to school (rural roads, not safe, 3.5 miles). DS does 90 minutes of sport, minimum, every school day. DD does something active for 90 minutes every school day, but sometimes that is drama rather than PE. OTOH she is home earlier and more likely to be out on the trampoline /climbing frame. At weekends, both are out, running races or playing cricket, and they both ride.

Tips? Definitely a trampoline if you have room. Otherwise, a general expectation that a tennis ball = outdoor entertainment. It's cheap and portable and provides a variety of games.

doughnut44 Thu 13-Jun-13 23:22:08

my 5 year old walks home from school every day which takes about ten mins. he has half hour swimming lesson on a Tuesday and an hours football on a Monday. he plays on the trampoline for a good while after school most nights. we swim once a week together and try to do something active on a Saturday which could be the park, bike ride or soft play. Sundays are generally a walk. I still think he watches too much tv though.
my 12 year old is a lazy so and so. we have always encouraged him to exercise and he does football athletics and wrestling as well as walking to and from school (half an hour) but he very rarely will do anything which is not a group activity. Once in a while he will come swimming or a bike ride. I do however force him out sometimes but generally he rides his bike to his friends 3 miles away and sits in his house with him on the x box!
my 16 year old is currently a gym bunny. she goes most days. she has always gone to athletics but again would never go out and play unless it was an organised activity. she plays rounders once a week with me.
When we were younger we played in the street for hours with other kids but due to numerous factors this doesn't seem to happen too much anymore x

Hopezibah Thu 13-Jun-13 23:28:50

overall I think yes they are but I guess there are some days that they are less active. Even at home my son is always on the move jumping from sofa to sofa and spinning around so I think most the time it does add up to 60 mins. They have easy access to the garden and on dry days they head out there with a football.

Approx 2-3 times a week we add in a trip to the park so that helps too.

I think the biggest lack of exercise comes on a rainy weekend day when it is all to easy to sit home and watch a film or watch TV or do the computer for most the day!

BTW, I agree that responses will be self-selecting, and also that it is all too easy to imagine how this could be hard /impossible for some parents to achieve. We have outside space in which DC don't need to be constantly supervised. Their school has oodles of space and an ethos of lots of sport (and is independent so not constrained by short school days and NC). After school care had access to all the aforementioned space, and uses it. If many of these circumstances were different, my DC would not be doing 60 minutes a day. They are not naturally energiser bunnies, and would quite happily slob in front of screens. They only feel the lack of fresh air and exercise if they don't get it because they are so used to it. It wouldn't take long before they wouldn't miss it at all.

Roma2013 Fri 14-Jun-13 06:47:27

Easily. I'd say it was more like 2-3 hrs. Walk to school and back is 1 hr; play; PE; cross country running at lunch-time; various sports clubs after school; weekend and summer evening walks after dinner. My 12 yr old daughter is quite sporty though. Her 8 yr old sister isn't naturally so but still does a fair bit. She does walk there and back to school (30 mins round trip), does ballet and swimming weekly; PE at school, weekend and evening walks. Both girls love the trampoline and at this time of year are on it for at least 30 mins a night. Both girls are brilliant (though moan a little for the first hour) at mountain walking but this is because we've always done that as a family and I think have developed strong leg muscles/stamina which helps make the daily stuff easier.

GreatGooglyMoogly Fri 14-Jun-13 07:24:59

My two get it most days. They have sports clubs that are at least an hour long 4 days a week and they play football/ other sport at every opportunity both at home and during break/ lunch times at school. The only times they might not are when it's raining.

kelandab Fri 14-Jun-13 09:33:02

Well, my girls attend active classes after school & do PE at school. They do play in the garden after school when the weather is nice, so I think they get the exercise they need in the Summer months but in the winter I don't think their activities alone give them quite enough exercise.

Mama1980 Fri 14-Jun-13 09:46:58

Very easily! My ds5 is one educated and never still! He also does forest school, trampolining, gym, dance, swimming...... My dd 15 walks/runs for over 2 hours a day and dances 3 times a week, also swims every other day and runs around after her brother!

CheeryCherry Fri 14-Jun-13 10:13:07

My DS (16) has been revising hard for exams since the football season finished, so he certainly hasn't been doing an hour of exercise daily in the past few weeks. Some days he hasn't even left the house! I do kick him out for a dog walk every now and then, but I am simply leaving him alone for the time being.
However, when GCSEs are over, he can't wait to be meeting up with his mates to kick a football around all day.
By being football addicts it has been easy to encourage him to exercise daily, I recommend the sport for all children! It's all weather, all terrain, both genders.

LedaOfSparta Fri 14-Jun-13 10:53:10

We've signed up our DSs up for a variety of activities as well as a 15 min walk/run each way to school every day.

They do football, rugby, swimming each week and spend every waking moment leaping around too!

THERhubarb Fri 14-Jun-13 14:17:28

I haven't really added it up.

Most days I will walk ds (9) to school. The walk takes us around 20 minutes there and 20 minutes (I do this 4 times a day!) so that's 40 minutes and 2 miles walked most days.

ds has 2 PE lessons a week which keeps him active for an hour whilst dd (12) has 3 lessons a week.

The biggest obstacle to exercise at home is homework. ds is supposed to read every day after school and also has separate maths and English homework to do. dd gets an awful lot of homework and so she works in her room from 3.30 - 4.30pm.

I do encourage them to play out and if dh has time he will have a 15min kickabout with ds. dd will sometimes walk half a mile to the shop or will go round the park with neighbours.

Just recently we made them some stilts and got the garden toys out so they were playing with their hoppers, stilts and so on in the garden.

Winter will be harder.

WhizzerAndChips Fri 14-Jun-13 14:34:00

I've two boys, aged 5 and 9, and they get their exercise by being obsessed with football!
It's straight in from school, and straight outside to play with their ball. They also go to a football club once a week, and have swimming lessons as in my opinion, swimming is a vital life skill as well as a fun sport that keeps them active.
They never stop running about. They make me feel tired just watching them. grin

ds2 and ds3 do quite a lot of sport at school and also quite a lot of organised activities outside school. Dance, martial arts, swimming, fencing. I sometimes get them surf lessons They scooter and trampoline in the garden and are always keen to play football so if I think they're been sitting around too long I send them up to the park to play footy with dh.

DS1 is a different kettle of fish & much harder to work out how to encourage exercise. He's a teenager and severely autistic. Many activities are simply not open to him (he has no concept of winning/losing games for example, and couldn't play football). He is active at school and he does a lot of swimming (how much is exercise and how much is floating I am not sure). I am keen to keep his weight down as being heavy in combination with challenging behaviours can be problematic. Luckily he loves walking so I always take him dog walking with me, and he also likes surfing & goes year round and he goes through phases of using the trampoline. If I thought he was putting weight on I'd get him out doing longer walks.

fuzzpig Fri 14-Jun-13 14:56:22

Mine get plenty of walking as we have no car - it's about 15 mins each way to school (and hilly).

I do struggle with the rest of the active stuff though and did recently start a thread where I got some good advice. I have a disability so taking them out is difficult - we don't have our own garden to kick them out into and despite being in a culdesac the cars go really fast in and out.

DD (nearly 6) now does 3 after school clubs a week (singing/dance, gym, yoga) so hopefully that is helping, and while she's there DH takes DS (nearly 4) to the park so he gets a good hour of madness at least 3 times a week.

Weekends are the hardest time to achieve 60mins as DH is often working now but I'm trying to manage the odd trip to town (there's another park there) or soft play if my health allows! I really don't want my DCs turning into couch potatoes. They are naturally very fidgety active so they hate being stuck indoors.

Shells Fri 14-Jun-13 16:20:56

We do a minimum of 60 minutes a day, but rarely with structured 'exercise' or sports. Mostly its running to school, running around supermarket, tearing around the garden or house etc. I encourage noisy, active games and it works for my kids. On the weekend we usually head for the park or some sort of open space and let them loose. They are so much happier for it.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 14-Jun-13 16:32:17

On average I'd say they do get an hour a day, perhaps more. Some days they're out playing from dawn until dusk, just coming in for sustenance. Others, it will be just break at school and scooting to and from school, but it averages out to plenty of activity.

Having a large garden with lots of toys and equipment helps, so getting them out and moving isn't something that takes any thought or planning. We kick them out come rain or shine, and we often get up at weekends to find them in pyjamas and wellies having a kick-about.

FussandMess Fri 14-Jun-13 16:41:07

Scoot to school, Playtime, lunchtime, scoot home, trampoline in the garden, activities thre times a week (martial arts, swimming, dance), bike riding, the park and a walk on weekends probably means yes they do.

What is 'active' though? I wouldn't call being dragged round a supermarket/jumping around the living room active but clearly some do.

It needs better definition. IMO it should mean being out of breath etc.

whatagreatname Fri 14-Jun-13 17:59:16

My dc's usually walk or scoot to school each day, and at the moment spend a lot of time either in the garden playing cricket or on the trampoline after school. At weekends we try to go on a bike ride, play tennis in the park, practice cricket.

My ds plays various sports through clubs and school teams and dd dances and climbs with clubs.

They might not have the same amount of activity each day but I am happy that it evens out over a week.

stressedout1 Fri 14-Jun-13 18:17:21

im four months with hypermessis so also odeama so swimming about at the mo lol

Macdog Fri 14-Jun-13 18:36:40

Dd (7) in an average week walks to and from school, plays in garden, plays out in street with friends, walks to and from shops and does 3 x 90min gymnastics training sessions.
At weekends we go for family walks or family swims.
I am happy that she is achieving the minimum requirement

Shiraztastic Fri 14-Jun-13 20:10:03

Yes, they walk, run or cycle everywhere. Play times at school, running around after school in playground or garden, swimming lessons and other sporting activities. Build it into daily life and it's easy really.

missorinoco Fri 14-Jun-13 20:17:21

I doubt my six year old does. He walks to school and back, fifteen to twenty minutes each way, longer if with the childminder but partly because they walk slower. On a school day he does PE and outside play, do I think he makes up another twenty minutes full running around - I could pretend a yes but can't say he definitely does.

Swimming lessons and park trips are at the weekend, but no school run then.

I agree with the comment, it depends on what you class as active. I am considering it to be the equivalent of a cardiovascular workout for adults, rather than 60 minutes not sat on his bum.

My tip for how to increase activity. Where possible walk to school/the park/library.

woodchuck Fri 14-Jun-13 21:53:30

I would say my kids (7 and 9) do. They walk to and from school, play in the garden whenever it's not raining, do PE twice a week and never walk when they can run. As a family we tend to swim 2/3 times per week and have maybe one or two long park or country walks. DS does Gymnastics, Cubs and Rugby. DD does Gymnastics and Beavers.

Saying that, although they are very strong and flexible, lean and healthy I do think they could both work on their stamina. DS has signed up for a 1 mile run soon and we have been training. So far he has 'had a stitch' and 'hurt his foot'. I was surprised to see that he can't run in a sustained way for more than a couple of minutes.

i suppose a lot of the formal exercise he does also involves a lot of time warming up, queuing and cooling down. Now they are getting bigger, I think its important they maintain fitness habits as well as 'fun' habits. As a family we are trying to do more to encourage this by walking, swimming and cycling together, and DH and I are much better at using our gym memberships

Boggler Fri 14-Jun-13 22:00:47

My 9yo DS gets a lot more than 60 minutes a day:

- walking to and from school 2-3 times a week
- playing running games every day at school (lunchtimes etc)
- athletic club 1.5 hours twice a week
- cubs lots of running about
- swimming lessons
- playing outside weather permitting
- weekend/evening family bike rides
- long walks/hikes once or twice a month.

When I right it all down he seems to do a lot, which is just as well as he eats like a horse grin

itsnothingoriginal Fri 14-Jun-13 22:01:43

My kids are pretty active generally and usually get around an hour's exercise a day. As a family we love country walks on nice days and the kids spend up to an hour in the garden after school on their trampoline (best thing we ever bought!)

DS is 8 and loves swingball, riding his bike, skateboarding and he does Fencing once a week (what boy wouldn't like swordfighting!!)

DD is 6 and has cerebral palsy so needs to stay fit and strong. She loves riding her bike and playing on her swing. She's currently learning to skip and hop and spends hours trying to master this!

tinypumpkin Fri 14-Jun-13 22:08:16

My children are a little younger than the ages mentioned in the first post but I definitely think DD2 (3 1/2) gets her 60 mins a day at least. She is always running around and loves to scoot too. Nursery and just generally jumping about as children this age do does it I think. Park etc also helps too!

FannyBazaar Fri 14-Jun-13 22:09:29

When I'm in charge, most definitely yes, we'd normally cycle or walk at least 2 miles every day. DS (8) will go outside and kick a football or jump on the trampoline or just jump and climb on the furniture. I let him loose at a play ground or park most days when I'm not working. Swimming lessons once a week.

Our exception is winter when DS is at school and After School Club, if it's a tiny bit wet he won't get any outdoor play at either although may get to jump around in the sports hall at club or could just be watching DVDs for hours then I pick him up in the dark and we walk home, then I read about how children are inactive because parents don't make an effort and want to shout 'it's the bloody school!'. We still do the 2 miles of walking in the winter school days though.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Fri 14-Jun-13 22:41:02

Yes I think Ds (7) gets 60 minutes per day at least.
15 minute walk to school, same back, each school day. (DH uses our only car so we HAVE to walk across village to school, no matter what).
Runs around at playtime/lunchtime.
Often stop at park on way home from school for around 30-45 minutes.
Uses his trampoline in the garden nearly every day (I even was out clearing snow off it in January so he could have a bounce)
Football training is 90 minutes each sat morning and 120 minutes every second Sunday.
30minute swim lesson every week.
Plus general playing out in garden/park with friends after school, sometimes dog walk or cycle with dad on weekends also.

CairngomRockHunter Fri 14-Jun-13 23:09:31

On week days they have at least 60 minutes of play time in a huge field with swings and climbing frames, 10 minutes bike riding to and from school, PE twice a week, swimming once a week, and an hour playing out in the 'wild wood'.
(I don't actually know when they manage to fit any classroom time in grin )

At the weekend they are generally outside most of the time playing in the garden or we bike ride or go swimming.

Winter weekends are less active. At school in the winter, nothing stops for the weather, so they are still pretty active there.

SacreBlue Sat 15-Jun-13 12:29:36

DS walks to and from school and takes part in after school athletics. He also cycles quite a bit as it gives him some independence of travel, if he wants to meet friends but I'm working, and he works p/t in a physical job.

He doesn't do 60mins every day but then he may do much more another day so it balances out. Aside from school none of it is 'scripted' exercise as I think he would find that turning into a chore when it doesn't need to be.

lljkk Sat 15-Jun-13 13:00:22

NO: 13yoDS: School days walks 40 minutes, 10 minutes of take-down rugby at lunchtime, occasional PE session, 1-2 hours of weekly activity especially sailing/kayaking with scouts. Occasional formal event, still mostly very sedentary outside of school.

YES, probably: DSs age 5 & 8, probably just about achieve 60 minute avg, walking or cycling to school, playtime, PE, our own trampolene, playing out on dirt mounds.

YES: 11yo DD: Sport maniac. In last week alone... gymnastics, canoeing, abseiling, archery, 2x2 hour swim sessions with friends, 1/2 hour hard fitness swim lesson, daily walking min. 30 minutes, netball match (40 minutes), other PE lessons. Probably something else, too.

Feelingood Sat 15-Jun-13 13:02:45

Ds school run 10 x 2 walking
He has playtimes at school = 40 mins
Then he lollopes about a lot in lounge

Then he will do
1 hour of judo most Saturdays
2 hours of tennis and mixed sports games (sun)
2 hours of swimming/ play splash per week

So averages out over one hour

Plus would add

In good weather we swim outdoors more time in park
In bad weather we my swim indoor more or goto soft play
In school hols do tons more walking around town/museums does this count my feet always hurt and they always knackered!

whattodoo Sat 15-Jun-13 15:11:42

Probably, more or less.
To and from school, 15 mins each way.
Runs around like a headless chicken at playtimes.
Ballet once a week, swimming once a week.
Then we're usually mucking around in the garden over the weekend, or a play date which invariably involves rushing around.

Feelslikea1sttimer Sat 15-Jun-13 18:08:07

I have a 13 and a 14 year old boy and we have:

Monday's: both cricket matches
Tuesday's: swimming for both
Wednesday: cricket match ds1 & football training ds2
Thursday: cricket training followed by football training ds1 & rugby ds2
Friday: ds1 goes to scooter park with mates (3 miles away scoots there and back) & ds2 has cricket training

Weekends are taken up with various tournaments, matches etc... All this coupled with regular PE lessons (ds1 is also doing gcse's PE) and school matches, I occasionally wonder if they are doing too much, and would I be a dreadful mum to say I'd like a week off just once, as I go to every match I can and ferry them around which I love but just occasionally I would love a night off...

beanandspud Sat 15-Jun-13 20:23:42

DS is 5 and gets his 'hour a day'. He stays for after school club which invariably is football for nearly an hour on top of breaks and lunchtime where they play football, basketball and other games. Today he has swum for 30mins and been out on his bike for 30mins as well as walking into town.

I can, however, see it getting harder as he gets older unless he gets into sports teams/clubs etc.

VirtuallyHere Sat 15-Jun-13 21:00:12

Getting my son (aged 5) to sit still is the challenge. On a typical school day he is walking a mile to school and then running around the playground/after school club for around two hours before all the other activities such as PE, trampoline at home, etc. Hopefully his energy levels will continue and as he gets older will find some sort of team sport to direct them into.

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 15-Jun-13 21:17:51

I don't think my DDs get it every day tbh, but they do something most days. They are 10 and 12. In the week they leave for school quite early and get home quite late, although they do PE and swimming it is not every day. On the weekend we go for long walks with the dog and they run around a lot.

My youngest is probably more active as she goes to the park and runs about with her friends. She also scooters and roller skates. My eldest is more likely to be sat on the swings chatting.

Cantdothisagain Sat 15-Jun-13 21:21:42

It depends how you define active, I think. My children walk a lot but they don't do that much else apart from at school. Partly because I am tbh a bit lazy but partly because we are all more bookish types - we will walk a lot to get where we want to go, but not for the sake of walking.

I do totally agree that finding the right exercise for your child is what matters. I had two left feet as a child and always hated PE/any exercise, but as an adult I walk an awful lot (though still don't do much else) and am fit and healthy. I would love my children to like sport more than I did, so currently I am letting them dictate the exercise they choose (scooters) and not forcing that which they hate (bikes) or anything else, as I hated being forced.

beautifulgirls Sat 15-Jun-13 21:59:56

My children walk to school 3 days a week, driven 2 days, walk home 5 days a week, each way 15 minutes so 3 days a week they have half an hour walking, 2 days 15 mins walking.

At school they have 20 mins play each day in the morning and around 30 minutes after lunch is eaten, so 50 mins in addition to the above.

On Saturdays 2 out of 3 of them do a dance class for an hour.

Occasional family swims (we were in the local pool for over an hour this morning), and toddler does a half hour swim lesson once a week.

In addition they will play in the garden (trampoline/swings/climbing frame) if the weather is good, and will walk the dog with me sometimes. We also have a park close by and often take the bikes or scooters with us plus running around there.

So yes, on average they have easily an hour of active childhood style exercise each day. I would also add my youngest was not using her buggy on a regular basis from the age of around 2.5yrs for exactly the reason that I wanted her to be fit and active. She has a physical issue with one foot and it is important to me that she uses her legs well to keep her fitness levels good - she does brilliantly.

aftermay Sun 16-Jun-13 07:28:38

They only get what they get at school during the week. DS does extra sport twice a week, so gets some more with that. The DDs don't do other activities after school and afterschool club.

At weekends they each do one hour sport each. Occasionally we walk into town (0.5 mi each way).

Suggestions: make sport part of the school curriculum. There really is very little time otherwise for working parents to exercise with the kids.

MrsShrek3 Sun 16-Jun-13 08:59:02

my primary two dc definitely do, and they do sports for much of the weekend, 3 hrs worth both Saturday and Sunday (football, tennis, swimming, dance as teams/lessons, plus cycling and walking). In the week they do plenty running at playtime, school PE three times a week, then sports activities outside school (ds all five nights, dd 4 of them) My high school ds does an hour of PE twice a week in school plus rock climbing, swimming and athletics out of school. Just about an hour worth a day, but he is the least active of my dc. He does long distance running so is probably fitter than the majority of his peers.
I sometimes wonder if the younger two are too busy, but they love it. I want their teens to be spent in teams not gangs smile

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sun 16-Jun-13 09:50:29

My dc 11 and 14 do. 11 yr old very much so sports etc, 14 yr old used to be more active by choice re sports but not so much now. However she does a lot of walking to and from school which counts I feel.

Probably another thread really, but I do feel aggrieved that PE at secondary school is as awful as it ever was though. If the aim is to switch teens on to the subject, they seem to do all they can to scupper that aimhmm

Babycarmen Sun 16-Jun-13 10:59:01

My DD1 who is 5 never stops, she is always on the go! She just naturally loves being outside I think. She would much rather play outside then inside. We just bought her a trampoline for the garden which is great for kids to keep fit! She almost always has healthy snacks and we make sure she gets a good amount of sleep so she always has plenty of energy.

After school or weekend clubs are great for introducing exercise. DD does gymnastics on a Thursday afternoon and swimming lessons on a Saturday morning.

girliefriend Sun 16-Jun-13 11:57:16

My dd is 7yo and I would say most days she gets at least 60mins of physical activity, some days much more some days not so much!

Yesterday being a typical example of a Saturday, stayed in in the morning, went out after lunch to a fete - lots of running around with friends, then went back to a friends house and spent 2 hours running around the park!

Always try and get out every day even in bad weather, only times we don't do much is if dd is unwell. At school I'm assuming she does a fair amount of activity, P.E, swimming, playtimes etc.

4LittleBubbles Sun 16-Jun-13 12:11:42

DD 12 does (per week)
4x 1.5hr swimming,
1x 1hr Tennis
2x 45min football
8x 20min walking (to/from school)
1x 1 hr athletics
2x 1hr general running around/cycling, etc. at weekends.
3x 45min school PE which she says is actually quite good.
(all through choice!)
Which I think=985 mins or 16.something hours.
ds1 does nearly as much but running and swimming instead of swimming and tennis, iyswim.
ds2 gets about an hour a day/more at weekends. The one time living 15 mins from school helps! Not as keen as siblings.
ds3 is more sporty than ds2 so gets more too, and does about 1.5 daily.

i'd guess at more like 5hrs on a weekday and more on a weekend.

ds is out in the garden running round with the dogs, jumping on trampoline and playing football before he goes to school, then walks to school, plays manic run around games with his friends through playtimes, walks home from school and repeats garden stuff again and possibly also plays out with his friends on bikes, scooters etc.

we walk everywhere. he's able to watch as much tv or play on ds, wii, pad etc as much as he likes purely because he's not a couch potato type and does do plenty and keep active. if he was more slug like i guess i'd have to control that side of things and work to keep him active but he just naturally is and i think also always having walked everywhere right from little has encouraged stamina and energy that i sometimes see lacking in kids who are driven around.

he also obviously does PE at school, a kids zumba thing after school one day a week and goes to football practice on sunday mornings for an hour. we tend to go for long dog walks through the fields which he loves on weekends too.

just to add i really think kids need to be active and out in the world to develop. we went overseas for the winter of his 2nd to 3rd year because i couldn't bear the idea of us being shut in four walls watching cbeebies when he was at such an important age for running and playing and just 'being' in the outside world. was lovely.

QueenBey Sun 16-Jun-13 13:30:24

My boys do I think, adding up all their playtimes at school where they run around like manics, karate, trips out after school and at weekends.

My 3 year old never sits still, he often jumps up and down on the spot!

They all enjoy dancing, running and having a wrestle...I'm sure this all adds up to more than 60 minutes a day grin

MrsBazinga Sun 16-Jun-13 13:36:30

Yes, most days, but not every single day.

School is very good at active stuff. So they do PE twice a week, plus sports after school clubs two times a week for an hour (basketball, football, athletics, hockey etc changes over the year), and I know that play times and lunchtimes are v active, particularly for ds (9) who seems to spend them all running around playing it like a loon. They also have loads of sports equipment out at play times that they use. Then there's some 'playing out' time every day at home as well, though this is dependent on the weather, so trampoline, scooters, bikes (cul de sac, very safe).

Weekends - Saturday swimming lesson for an hour, then for the rest of the time it depends what we're up to. Some weekends, that'll be it, apart from playing out, but we'll often go for a longish walk/cycle at some point, and in the summer will swim in the sea most weekends.

So overall not bad. As for me.... That's more of a work in progress....

GwenCooper81 Sun 16-Jun-13 13:52:21

Mine are 5 and 8. We walk to most places and they scooter or bike every day. Both do an hour and a half of dance per week plus an hour of swimming. The eldest is in scouts and does numerous physical activities per week.
They rarely sit inside and have to be dragged in from the garden most evenings grin

mamaduckbone Sun 16-Jun-13 15:34:52

I'd say my boys do most days, depending on the weather.
Both walk / scooter to school/preschool whatever the weather.
DS1 has PE twice a week, swimming lessons, Beavers on a Saturday morning, and is always active even in the house - he never sits still.
DS2 goes to Montessori nursery where they have an hour outside play morning and afternoon whatever the weather. He is a bit more difficult to motivate on non-preschool days as he is very content pottering around the house, but swims most weeks and scooters into town / to park.
Whenever the weather is nice enough both boys play at the park on the way home from picking DS1 home from school. We very rarely get in the car to do shopping, pop into town etc. as we live near enough to walk.
Today, they had a lazy morning in front of the TV but also played in the garden and have been to the park for an hour. We often go to the woods and local country parks at weekends, so although Dh and I are not particularly sporty (Dh cycles and I swim, but no team sports or clubs) we are quite 'outdoorsy' as a family, which I think helps.

ummefatima Sun 16-Jun-13 16:58:28

I'm sure my children do get more than an hour a day. It takes 30 minutes for them to walk to school to and then another 30 to walk back. Then they have their clubs that they go to and the garden where they play badminton, tennis or football for at least a couple of hours a day, especially in the summer.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 16-Jun-13 17:31:59

We walk most places, dd is 9.

She has more than an hour each day and it consists of walking, running, dancing, (tap, ballet, Jazz, modern). Climbing wall at youth club, play equipment at park, scooter, lola ball, football, rugby with her brothers (older than 18). I'm sure she is active in other ways, just trying to think.

WhitegoldWielder Sun 16-Jun-13 18:04:09

Yes most days but not everyday.

Boy 14 - at the moment has athletics and cricket at school four days a week (combination of games lessons/ PE lessons and after school club) plays football on the day he has nothing at school - although he does tend to be out on his lunch break. Saturday has cricket matches weather permitting and taking part in some county hockey training on some Sundays. He also likes to swim and play out with friends.

Girl 11 is less sporty but still has athletics and rounders during PE/ games lessons and after school club. Has a weekly swimming lesson and has a bigger circle of friends to skate or bike with at weekends.


DS1 (13) walks 15 minutes to and from school and walks the dog for half an hour 5 or 6 times a week. Then in addition to sports at school he dances 4 times a week (for between 30 minutes and 2 hours) and plays football/trains once or twice a week depending on the time of year.

DS2 (9) runs round non stop in the playground for 15 minutes before school plus playtimes and lunchtimes and plays out for at least an hour most days and then in addition to PE at school he runs for a club for an hour a week, plays football once a week, dances twice a week and does a fell race and/or bike ride most weekends. He also plays for the school football team and plays rugby for a club every Sunday during the season.

I am not sporty (I dance for an hour once a week) but DH is very outdoorsy and walking the dog as a family (or the boys together) helps I think. Luckily I have very active boys who are never really still.

Looking at their lists it makes me wonder if they do too much but they are both very fit and we don't push them to do any of it (except maybe paying DS1 to walk the dog whilst we are at work!) we ferry them about because they enjoy being active.

Clary Sun 16-Jun-13 20:03:44

DS1 does a paper round every day except Sunday which takes him about 45 mins of cycling. He walks to and from school every day (about 5 mins). He also plays cricket once a week and walks to other clubs eg Scouts, youth club etc (anything from 5 to 20 mins).

DD does ballet once a week, athletics twice a week, gymnastics once a week, all an hour or more. She also walks to school, Guides, Scouts etc as DS1. Maybe some days she doesn't get an hour tho (today for example).

DS2 plays cricket in the summer - training and matches, three times a week; also gym an hour a week, athletics twice a week for an hour, footie training an hour a week, match 40 mins a week in the season, also (tho not at the minute) he does swim or diving lessons, plus usually a good deal of time each day kicking a ball or scootering with his mates. He walks to school about 7 mins each way. He also loves to play golf or go cycling whenever he gets the chance (eg in half term did two days of a cycling club 10am to 3pm)

I think we need to have a family swim as often as we can at the weekend as none of them do swim lessons at the moment; also DD needs to make a bit more effort - she doesn't seem to run about with her friends as the boys do.

mymatemax Sun 16-Jun-13 21:49:16

ds1 is 13 and very active, he plays football or rugby every lunchtime at school with mates or goes to a fball/rugby club at school during lunch break, also PE 3 times per wk. once home he usually either goes on the trampoline or kicks a ball around the garden.
Weekends he is a little less active especially if raining when he can be found hanging off the furniture complaining "its boring indoors"
DS2 is 10 has autism & mild cerebral palsy so sport & exercise is hard, he is also pretty lazy, def more of an indoors type, although he does love the trampline, if it wasnt for our trampoline he really wouldnt get any exercise at all, he can just sort of throw himself about & it doesnt matter if he falls over.

Our trampoline is the best thing we have ever bought.

Winterstoat Sun 16-Jun-13 22:07:47

Ds seven years old and not getting 60 mins daily exercise at school- a measly 30-40 minutes of PE a week.

He enjoys sport so does loads outside school. Each week tennis 3 hours, soccer 3 hours, cricket 2 hours, swimming 1 hour, cycling to and from sports clubs, or with me when I'm running, 2 hours, fell walking 0-7 hours depending on weather and our plans. Loves being in fresh air and he's always full of beans. Oh and many more hours messing around on the trampoline, playing tig, scooting etc with friends. Days are just too short smile

firawla Mon 17-Jun-13 00:32:15

I never really thought to time it but they do play in the garden and sometimes park, and run around generally. no sports clubs or anything though so they could probably do more. I am thinking to get a trampoline and climbing frame for something extra in the garden

Dc1 (17) not at the moment as studying but used to go to gym until recently 4 times a week
Dc2 (15) gym at school twice. Week and walks the dog but comes nowhere near to an hour a day
Dc3 (11) absolutely yes. He is very active, 15 min walk to school and back, sport at school, football and cricket, skateboarding, scootering, swimming and generally being outdoors when the weather is good.

msmiggins Mon 17-Jun-13 08:17:14

More than twice that.

My DD has 4 hours of PE at school a week, two sessions of dance at school and 9 hours of dance lessons a week outside school so 15 hours a week of physical exercise.

Blatherskite Mon 17-Jun-13 10:28:29

My 6 year old is quite active I think. He gets PE at school plus swimming lessons once a week and is endlessly begging DH or I to play football with him in the garden. He's had a bike since he was 2.5 and has always enjoyed bike rides so he usually asks to go out at least once over a weekend. We did 7km with him and his little sister last weekend and they were both running and climbing at the playground at the park halfway round too.

Recently, DS has been asking if he can come running with me when I do Parkrun on a Saturday morning but I'm a bit worried about the effect of regularly running 5km on his joints at his age so I've been putting him off. He's been round with me on his bike though.

grassroots Mon 17-Jun-13 11:53:54

We aim to average it out over the week - some weekdays it is really hard to fit in, especially if it is lashing with rain. If the weather is good we scooter/swim most days. I would love it if DS had more opportunities for sport at school; am trying to encourage school to put on more after school sports clubs, but at the moment it seems like a losing battle.

wigglebumsmum Wed 19-Jun-13 12:57:02

My two ride to school every day which is a total of 30 minutes a cycling. We try to get over to our local park two or three times a week. They have PE twice a week in school and activities at lunchtime. There are times at the weekends when I do not think they are active enough and I do wish there was more money in school budgets to buy in professional sports coaches.

TheFlipsideOfTheCoin Thu 20-Jun-13 00:34:24

My 6yo DSis gets that. She has 2 PE classes, 2 sports clubs, swimming practice and walks to school a few times a week. She also plays in our garden a lot on her swing.

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)
Walking to after school activities
Occasionally walking home from school
Local leisure centre activity days where he gets to try out all sorts.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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!

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