Corona-crisis leads to lack of exercise in children

Even before the Covid-19-pandemic, most of the children moved to little. By the current protection measures, the physical activity has decreased even further. Experts, therefore, urgently recommend that parents make activity a part of the daily routine for your children.

Experts from 15 Nations in the magazine "The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health" attention to the fact that currently, due to the Covid-19-pandemic, the already low level of physical activity in children reduced even further. The time, the people in public parks or on beaches, spend, has been reduced compared to the time before the pandemic of almost a third, and journeys by public transport have decreased by 59 percent.

Professor John Reilly, of Strathclyde’s School of Psychological Sciences & Health said: "The measures to be taken against Covid-19 have a good reason, but an unintended consequence of the growing lack of exercise is. Already before the lock-up measures, this was a big Problem. In previous studies, we have found that in Scotland, less than 20 percent of children met the guidelines for physical activity. We are worried, that they come not only in education but also in terms of movement is too short."

Sports to integrate into the daily routine

The experts advise to go in compliance with the spacing rules and physical activity in the everyday life of children involved. This can also be through the use of electronic media supports. Prolonged Sitting should be interrupted every 30 to 60 minutes.

Global guidelines for physical activity in children recommend at preschool age (3 to 4 years) for at least 180 minutes of physical activity per day, a maximum of one hour of screen time, as well as 10 to 13 hours of sleep. For children and young people of compulsory school age at least 60 minutes of physical activity, a maximum of two hours of screen time recommended Sitting down and nine to eleven hours of sleep.