Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for Children

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for Children

For children, ages 5-11, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends the following guidelines:

Physical Activity Guidelines for Children 

  • 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intense aerobic physical activity or energetic play every day
    • Vigorous activities 3 days a week
    • Muscle and Bone strengthening activities 3 days a week

What type of activities should children and youth be doing?

Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for Children

What are the benefits?

  • Improved health
    • Improved cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density
  • Improved fitness
    • Cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal fitness
  • Impacts our brain (memory)
    • Improved learning, attention
    • Decreased mental stress

Promoting Physical Activity With Your Child

For children who are physically inactive, start below the recommended levels and gradually increase the duration, frequency and intensity over time. This is not just the responsibility of the child or youth, but parents and caregivers can work together. Get your child to go to play on the playground after school, walk or bike to school or get the neighborhood kids together for a game of tag. There are so many ways to help your child get some physical activity, you just have to put your mind to it and you’re off!

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