Preschool children are more physically active and less sedentary on weekdays compared with weekends

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Kyhälä , A-L , Reunamo , J & Ruismäki , H 2018 , ' Preschool children are more physically active and less sedentary on weekdays compared with weekends ' , Journal of Early Childhood Education Research , vol. 7 , no. 1 , pp. 100-126 . < https://jecer.org/fi/preschool-children-physically-active-less-sedentary-weekdays-compared-weekends/ >

Title: Preschool children are more physically active and less sedentary on weekdays compared with weekends
Author: Kyhälä, Anna-Liisa; Reunamo, Jyrki; Ruismäki, Heikki
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 27
Belongs to series: Journal of Early Childhood Education Research
ISSN: 2323-7414
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/246620
Abstract: Physical activity (PA) is necessary for young children. The new recommendations for physical activity in early childhood in Finland suggest that daily activity consists of at least 3 hours of light-to-vigorous physical activity (LMVPA). In this article, we report preschool children’s compliance with the recommendations, PA amounts at different intensity levels, the variation between genders, and the effect of weekend on PA. The data were collected from 172 children, aged 3 to 7 years, using accelerometers during January–March 2015 for 7 days, 24 hours per day. Results revealed that compliance with the recommendations is low: 43% of the boys and 32% of the girls engaged in LMVPA for at least 3 hours per day. The variation was remarkable. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) averages ranged from 16 to 154 minutes in boys, and from 4 to 98 minutes in girls. The weekend decreased PA at all intensity levels and increased sedentary behavior by approximately 60 minutes (p < .001, = .39) in both genders. Interventions should focus on girls as a group, on boys with minimal amounts of MVPA, on reducing sedentary behavior, and on increasing weekend activity.
Subject: 315 Sport and fitness sciences
Accelerometer, early childhood, physical activity, recommendations
ACCELEROMETER
early childhood
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
RECOMMENDATIONS
516 Educational sciences
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