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Physical activity for early years (birth to 5 years)

Did you know that active children are healthy, happy, school ready and sleep better?

Physical activity helps children to;

  • Build relationships and social skills
  • Maintains health and weight
  • Contributes to brain development and learning
  • Improves sleep
  • Develops muscles and bones
  • Encourages movement and co-ordination

Aim for at least 3 hours across every day!

Move more  Sit Less  Play together

  ContCUK Chief Medical Officers' Guidelines Start Active, Stay Active:  www.bit.ly/startactive

10 Benefits of Physical Activity

When Many people decide to "get fit", they assume it involves rigorous activity but you don't have to spend hours in a gym to be physically active.  Peeople can get in shape by performing everyday activities in the home.  Every time you and your child throw a ball, swim a lap, climb a flight of stairs, walk to the shops, or carry packages, your health and fitness levels are improving.

When someone is physically fit they feel and look better, and stay healthier.  The earlier a child starts getting in shape, the more they will reduce their risk of numerous illnesses.  Here are some of the benefits that physical activity offers your child.

1.  It strengthens the heart

The heart is a muscle.  Like other muscles, its performance improves when it's regularly challenged by exercise.  The heart responds to exercise by becoming stronger and more efficient.  Strengthening the heart muscle can help ward off heart disease.

2.  It helps keep arteries and veins clear

Exercise reduces the amount of harmful cholesterol and fats in a person's blood.  It increases the flexibility of the walls of blood vessels and helps to lower blood pressure.  This can reduce a person's risk of heart attack and stroke.

3.  It strengthens the lungs

Working hard increases lung capacity and the efficiency in moving air in and out of the body.  As a result more oxygen is drawn into the body and more carbon dioxide and other waste gases are expelled.  Regular exercise helps prevent the decline in oxygen intake that occurs naturally with age or as a result of inactivity. 

4.  It reduces blood sugar level

Exercise prevents sugar from accumulating in the blood by triggering muscles to take up more glucose from the bloodstream and use it for energy.  This can reduce a persons risk of developing diabetes.

5.  It controls weight

When a person is sedentary they tend to be taking in more calories than are needed.  These unused calories accumulate as fat.  A person who is physically active may have a deficit of calorie, which take fat away and lowers weight.  Lowered weight is good for the heart and can be beneficial in people with diabetes.

6. It strengthens bones

Just as muscles grow stronger when physically stressed, bones also respond by getting stronger.  Exercise increases bone density which helps prevent osteoporosis, a condition in which bones lose density, weaken and become porous and fragile.

7.  It helps prevent cancer

People who exercise regularly have lower incidences of cancer.  The cancers most affected include colon, prostate, uterine and breast cancers.

8.  It regulates blood pressure

Exercise has been shown to reduce stress levels.  As the levels of stress in a persons body subsides, the blood pressure and risk of heart disease decline.

9.  It improves energy levels

Regular exercise often makes people feel more energetic, allows them to be more active and reduces the likelihood that they will tire during the day.

10.  It enhances emotional well-being

Most people report that they feel calm and have a sense of well being after they exercise.  Exercise releases beta-endorphin, a natural substance in the body that is hundreds of times more potent than morphine.  Another theory points to serotonin as the cause of the exercise high.  Increased levels of serotonin in the central nervous system are associated with feelings of well being, heightening of appetite and lessening of mental depression.  The weight loss that accompanies exercise can also cause people to feel better about themselves.

Useful Contacts

Pregnancy Yoga with Dimi Booth

Please call Dimi for more details

Tel:  07798 501844 or email dimi@feelgoodyoga.co.uk.

Staying Active in Surrey

Active Surrey

is a source of information on sport and activity links in Surrey www.activesurrey.com


NHS support and advice in increase physical activity - www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness

Healthy Surrey

Healthy Surrey has information to support resident of every age stay active - www.healthy-surrey.org.uk/your-healthget-active

Reduced Mobility

For people with reduced mobility an online equipment assessment can help them find the right equipment tailored to their needs www.equip-yourself-surrey.org.uk/start or through a local equipment assessment clinic if they are eligible for social care.

Yoga & Relaxation

use www.yogafinder.com to find a class near you in Surrey.

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