THREE quarters of modern parents worry their children are less physically active than they themselves were at the same age, according to a study.
Researchers who polled 1,000 mums and dads of kids aged four to 16, found keeping their children fit and active is a concern shared by many of those who took part.
She says: “This study highlights the confusion faced by parents across the country concerning physical activity levels in children.
“We need to get children doing more physical activity and get them feeling good about themselves. We will then have a nation of happier, healthier children.
“Children should be active every single day. Exercise should be made part of a child’s daily routine, both in and out of school, every morning”
Incredibly, one fifth of parents said they rely solely on schools to keep their children fit and physically active – with two thirds (66 per cent) believing their children get their full quota of physical education during the school day.
A further 31 per cent said they are led by their child, and did not push their child to get out and about more if they don’t want to, while six in 10 judge whether the kids need more exercise by how tired they are.
But 57 per cent of parents admitted noticing a significant change in their children’s behaviour when they were encouraged to exercise.
A quarter believed their children listen more after exercise, while a third of kids have improved concentration.
More than half of those polled admitted their children were much happier after some sort of physical exertion.
Just more information as to why we should be getting our children more every day active both inside and outside the classroom.
Standing desks in UK classrooms are a must.