The number of children doing an hour of exercise a day falls by nearly 40% between the ages of five and twelve.
Figures suggest that by the final year of primary school, just 17% of pupils are doing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day and more than a third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school.
A spokesman for Public Health England described the drop in activity levels as concerning.
“Children’s physical activity levels in England are alarmingly low, and the drop in activity from the ages of five to 12 is concerning,” said Public Health England’s Eustace de Sousa.
“Children who get enough physical activity are mentally and physically healthier, and have all-round better development into adulthood – getting into the habit of doing short bursts of activity early can deliver lifelong benefits.”
Currently, just 23% of boys and 20% of girls, between the ages of five and 15, meet the national recommended level of activity.
This is just one of the reasons why active classrooms are so important. By using the EIGER Junior classroom standing desk on a daily basis, UK children are becoming more every day active and creating a positive long term life habit.
Low level activity on a regular basis has major benefits. Micro movement is key to human well being.