Kids and parents in Scotland are getting more exercise and are also healthier, according to new research.
The Scottish Health Foundation said parents and children should take the opportunity to exercise every day to keep them healthy and active.
“If you want to keep your children active and healthy, you need to make sure they get enough exercise and playtime.” “
It said people should be able to “work out at home” but not have to leave the house, or take the bus or train to get there. “
If you want to keep your children active and healthy, you need to make sure they get enough exercise and playtime.”
It said people should be able to “work out at home” but not have to leave the house, or take the bus or train to get there.
Exercise can be a great help for people with a low activity level, such as those with Parkinson’s disease, and older adults with dementia.
The research said children aged three to 15 should spend half an hour every day in the outdoors, with 10 minutes of outdoor play every day.
Parents and older people with dementia can also enjoy outdoors.
The foundation said the latest data showed a “sharp rise” in activity for the group.
The number of people aged 70 and over participating in outdoor activities had doubled in the last five years, the foundation said.
“As the UK population ages, more and more of us are living in an environment that’s not as healthy as it once was,” Dr Helen Dyer, from the foundation’s environment and health division, said.
Children aged four to eight and younger should spend at least 20 minutes outdoors every day but can play outdoors at home or at the playground.
Dr Dyer said parents should also take the time to exercise at least every two days, but the charity suggested a “work-out” programme could also be an option.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: The Scottish Government recognises that children and young people are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and it will continue to provide more physical activity and outdoor play opportunities for all.
This includes providing more opportunities to do this at home, as well as supporting parents to do so.
More on health The charity added: “The latest research by the Scottish Health foundation shows that more than a quarter (26%) of adults and more than half (54%) of people in Scotland have at least 1 hour of exercise every morning.”
This is a huge increase on the previous research which found just 10% of adults did this.
“The foundation has seen a rise in the number of adults participating in sport and exercise, but this is likely to be driven by the current recession.”
There are some significant challenges ahead, including the impact of the recession on the number and size of hours of outdoor activity that people have to take part in each day.
“As the population ages and the number is ageing, this means that more and less outdoor activity is required.”
More work needs to be done to ensure that we get the best possible exercise for our young people and young adults to keep up with the changing needs of society.
“Children aged three and four could get an hour of physical activity each day, but only if they are on a regular exercise programme, or if they were also taking part in a sports club.
Older adults aged 60 and over can play outside but should be encouraged to do it at home.
The new research also found that outdoor play had risen sharply since 2001, from 6.4 minutes a day to 8.6 minutes.
“It’s the number that has been vacant, that has not been occupied, and that has moved away from the active population and towards people who are just looking for a quiet and quiet place to play.” “
The number of vacant homes was up, which is a big increase,” said Dr Dyers.
“It’s the number that has been vacant, that has not been occupied, and that has moved away from the active population and towards people who are just looking for a quiet and quiet place to play.”
More on lifestyle The Scottish Foundation said children and adults with a disability needed to “make the most of their own time and play space”.
“They should be allowed to use the outdoors as often as they want,” said the foundation.
“In particular, if there are activities that they find very relaxing, they should not be forced to leave home.”
However, if the activity that they are doing in their home is physically or emotionally difficult, they can always return to the home.