Young people learn a lot about physical activity from their families.

Family members who enjoy physical activity can help children enjoy physical activity. Caregivers play a very important role in determining participation in physical activities. Caregivers can also help youth balance non-active time periods (watching TV, using the computer, or talking on the phone) and physical activity.

Guidelines

Children and young people should be active for at least 60 minutes every day and adult should be active for at least 30 minutes a day on 5 days a week.

You might think that these guidelines seem like a lot to squeeze into an already hectic life-style but it doesn't have to be that way. We've got lots of tips and suggestions that can make exercise fun for all the family.

I manage Terenure Rangers under 12s football team who play in the Dublin and District Schoolboy League (DDSL).  I have been coaching the boys since they were six years old and it’s great fun.  It keeps me relatively fit and hopefully helps to keep me young!  As you can imagine the boys are bundles of manic energy and keeping up with them gets harder especially when I join in for the end of training 5 a side game.  It’s great to see their enthusiasm for football and hopefully I can pass on my love of the game to them.  I’ve been playing football all my life and find it a great way to keep fit, make friends and socialise.  We have had the same group of boys together now for the last six years and they are a great bunch.  I hope that they are all still playing football at some level when they are my age and that they get as much out of playing as I do.

 Maurice, Dublin