11/07/2011 10:33 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Three Hours Exercise A DAY For Under Fives Says Government

Three hours exercise a DAY for under fives says Government PA

New guidelines suggest TODDLERS should be exercising for at least three hours a day.

As health experts warn that nearly a quarter of youngsters aged four and five are obese, the Government's health chiefs are saying that under fives should be going swimming regularly and doing gymnastic exercise, as well as walking for at least 15 minutes every day.

The exercise guidelines will be officially issued this week in an attempt to stop obesity levels spiralling out of control.

Government medical officer Sally Davies said: "There is considerable evidence that letting children crawl, play or roll around on the floor is essential during early years.

"Play that allows under-fives to move about is critical and three hours a day is essential.

"I think there are parents who are not aware how important it is for their children to be physically active for a minimum of three hours."

What do you think?
Does your toddler get this much exercise already, or do you think it is totally over the top?