Toddlers should spend no longer than an hour in a stroller before five minutes of active movement – according to health, fitness and development experts, Brytespark and Start-rite Shoes.
The suggestion comes in response to recent childhood health and obesity reports and evidence that inactivity can affect weight, posture and muscles.
Martin Haines, Biomechanics Coach and Chartered Physiotherapist, who leads the Brytespark team said: "We know that obesity and inactivity have a significant effect on a child's development. The Government guideline for physical activity for children under the age of five is three hours a day. Not only is inactivity directly related to weight gain, but limiting movement in a stroller for long periods can affect posture. This can be a pre-cursor for problems as children get older. A short period of stretches and movements will mobilise the joints, loosen muscles and nerves and increase blood flow, helping children to stay healthy and happy."
Start-rite Shoes's has launched a new 5-4-5 campaign, interval training for little ones. Eve Davies, Brand Director at Start-rite Shoes, added: "We know that it is important to use a stroller when out and about for safety reasons and convenience, but we are encouraging parents to allow their children five minutes of stretches and movement for every hour of inactivity in a stroller or car seat."