Children and Adolescents
How much physical activity is recommended for children and adolescents?
Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Most of the 60 minutes should be either moderate or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity. Vigorous-intensity physical activity should take place at least 3 days a week.
As part of their 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening activities, like climbing, at least 3 days a week and bone-strengthening activities, like jumping, at least 3 days a week.
Children and adolescents are often active in short bursts of time rather than for sustained period of time, and these short bursts can add up to meet their physical activity needs. Physical activities for children and adolescents should be developmentally-appropriate, fun and offer variety.
Does your child’s school offer opportunities for physical activity in various ways throughout the school day? Become familiar with your schools policies on physical activity and recess. Encourage classroom teachers to provide children with occasions to move throughout the day in the classroom.
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