Physical activity helps children grow strong bones, maintain a healthy weight, and discover the world around them. Best of all, it's great fun. Current guidelines suggest that all children should be physically active for at least one hour a day. You may help by encouraging your child to find activities they enjoy and building physical activity into family life. Most children love running around a park or playing in a playground. Physical activity is also one great example of the way in which children discover the world, and themselves. It helps build strong muscles and healthy bones, as well as improve self-confidence.

Another great reason for promoting physical activity in childhood is the fact that it helps your child to maintain a healthy weight. Significant amounts of research, as well as government and NHS warnings about growing obesity levels in children, shows us that physical activity alongside a balanced and nutritious diet is clearly important. No amount of government posters and adverts is however suddenly going to bump your income enough to allow you to spend more on physical activities such as karate classes, dance, sports clubs and more.

Thankfully physical activity does not need to be expensive, indeed many of the examples we have come up with for you all here at Dream Bear are free. Examples might include outdoor games such as hide and seek, chase, jumping on the trampoline, football in the garden or even swing ball. Swimming is a great way to stay active and being able to swim is also a very import life skill. Leisure centres and swimming pools offer a range of payment options including pay as you go and discounts for those on certain benefits.

Staying active is good for you and your child and so we are here with top tips and inspiration help everyone get moving.

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