As a minimum, children and youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day. Vigorous activities such as running and swimming should be included at least 3 days a week. Strength activities are also important for strong muscle and bone development, and should also be included 3 days a week. Doing more than this can have greater health benefits.
Children who follow these guidelines can have better health and fitness, do better in school, feel happier, learn new skills and have fun playing with friends.
Children and youth should also limit recreational screen time to 2 hours a day, as well as limit other sedentary time spent sitting throughout the day. Time can be a real challenge to find in our busy schedules so this reduction can sometimes give children and youth the added time needed to be active.
Healthy bodies and healthy minds are connected. For some tips on how to have a healthy body and a healthy mind have a look at the following resources: