How much physical activity for your school-age child?
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At least 60 minutes every day doing things that make their heart beat faster including:
Be active every day
Be smart with screens
|What being active means||How to increase physical activity||How to reduce sedentary behaviour|
Moderate-intensity physical activities include: bike riding, playground activities, skateboarding, brisk walking, hiking, canoeing, baseball and softball.
Vigorous-intensity physical activities include:
Activities that strengthen muscle and bone include: games like hopscotch, tag, and jumping rope; sports such as gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, tennis; push-ups; swinging on playground equipment or bars; climbing ropes, walls or trees; running.
More tools for you
- The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has free downloadable log sheets to help you track progress. Children & Youth 5-17 years is a personal activity log to record the total minutes of physical activity accumulated every day.
- The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (2018)
- Find recreation and community resources where you live.
Last updated: April 2020