How much exercise does your child need?

  • Children up to 1 year of age should exercise several times a day, in different ways. That teaches them to use all their muscles. Examples of exercise are sitting, crawling, walking, grabbing and holding things.
  • Children aged 1 to 4 should exercise at least 3 hours a day, preferably not all at once. And more than 3 hours is even better. This doesn’t have to be anything in particular. As long as they are moving, their muscles are moving. So when children are playing with their feet and toes, they’re already exercising. The same goes for when they’re crawling or walking around the house.

These are guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO).