Physical activity is important at all stages of life.
It prevents obesity, improves well-being and reduces the risk of many chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Evidence shows that being active at a young age tracks into adulthood, and that physical activity behaviours adopted when young are likely to carry through life.
And now our study of babies’ activity levels has shown how different factors, including sleep and diet, link together to improve baby health from the day they are born.
For our research project, we tracked the physical activity of 141 12-month-old infants (77 boys and 64 girls) using accelerometers, which they wore on their ankles for a week.