I can honestly say my two boys don’t stop moving and running around from the moment they get up to the time they give in to sleep – and even then they can move around loads!
Even since Jacob found his feet and started walking, it is his favourite thing to do, that and trying to climb to reach light switches, plugs and basically anything which has been put out of his reach. What is it with kids that things they aren’t allowed are suddenly the most interesting things in the whole wide world?
Both boys just love the garden, Joshua especially loves football and his scooter and is happiest running around outside instructing his Dad and now his brother to play football with him, and of course occasionally getting cross with them when they don’t do it properly.
He also loves to play tennis, a sport I loved while at school and something we can now enjoy as a family. I just have to introduce him to hockey and I will be a very happy Mummy indeed.
I am pleased to have very active boys and not ones who would just sit in-front of the TV for hours at a time, not that I would allow that but it’s nice not to have that battle. With them being so active it ensures us adults in the household are too, and there are days when I am ready for bed at the same time as them having spent the day running around after them.
Did you know that more than 1 in 5 children are overweight or obese when they begin school and almost 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school? This data comes from National Child Measurement Programme data of primary school children.
I was surprised to find out via research commissioned by playground equipment provider ESP Play which found that 68% of a child’s PE lesson is spent stationary!
I found this rather surprising, especially as Joshua does do P.E in school usually twice a week but not all of those P.E lessons are what I would call fitness type activities, they do also include throwing and catching games meaning they aren’t actually running around – while skills such as throwing and catching are important ones to learn, the children won’t be breaking a sweat from them nor will they be increasing their heart rates. This make me very glad that he is so active when at home.
Promisingly though, further research showed a 19% increase in physical activity in kids when ESP’s methods and playground environments were implemented. This included things like multi-skill zone playground markings and providing staff at schools with training programmes to improve their knowledge and PE lessons.
What types of activities do your children do in school for their P.E lessons? Do you think it is enough or do you like me ensure they are active at home too?