Children’s physical activity levels drop significantly during their primary school years, research finds.
The Bristol University study found that between the ages of six and 11, children became 17 minutes less active a week with every year.
Researchers monitored the physical activity of 2,132 children from 57 schools across the South West of England between 2012 and 2018.
Children taking part in the study wore an accelerometer for five days.
This allowed the researchers to obtain an accurate picture of how many minutes per day the children participated in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) – enough to leave them slightly out of breath and sweaty.
The research, which was funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF),