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Benefits of physical activity for infants and young children

Physical activity is important to the health and wellbeing of everyone and is vital for very young children in developing the basic movement skills to support physical activity in later life. Families play an important role in a child's physical activity and there is also evidence that parents’ and siblings’ activity levels can influence a child's activity levels.

Physical activity and mental wellbeing

We know that there is a positive relation between physical activity and mental wellbeing and that physical activity has the capacity to reduce the risk of mental disorders, and improve quality of life and psychological wellbeing in both adults and children. People who are active feel better and are able to deal with life’s stresses and strains and have a better sense of wellbeing.