There has been a steady decline in physical activity in children over the last few years due to aspects such as: technology, the role of parents, home environments, demographics, childcare environments, environmental factors (weather), safety of children and a child’s interests.
Children are often found to be sedentary for long periods of time, with school and home environments often not promoting or encouraging active learning or general physical activity.
The World Health Organisation states that physical activity during pre- school years is vital and that more than half of the primary school children tested score below average in early gross motor skill development.
Physical activity and sedentary behaviour follows a trajectory path from early childhood to adulthood, and is difficult to treat once developed. Physical development is commonly overlooked during these critical years, and leads to health related issues and comorbidities, such as obesity, diabetes and several cardiovascular diseases later on in life.