It used to be the case that exercise was just a natural part of everyday life for young people. They could spend hours running around parks, playing skipping games, kicking a football around or bouncing on a trampoline. Staying healthy was just a positive side effect of playing and having fun.
But with the growth of digital media, TV and gaming, this is no longer always the case, and many children might now choose to sit at home in front of the TV rather than going out and getting some fresh air with their friends. Indeed, a study by The British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the age at which children begin to ‘go off’ sport is now around seven, which is much younger than it used to be (previously, this behaviour was typically associated with the adolescent years).