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How much physical activity do children need?

How much physical activity do children need?

25 Apr 2023 by Ted Escobedo   2 min read

As summer approaches, keeping children physically active may become a challenge. While today’s children are used to gaming and other web-based diversions, getting the physical exercise they need has become more important to avoid disease and obesity.
The amount of physical activity children need depends on their age. Children ages 3 through 5 years need to be active throughout the day. Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 need to be active for 60 minutes every day. The good news is that some children may already be meeting the recommended physical activity levels. You can also see ways to encourage children to participate in activities that are age-appropriate, enjoyable, and offer variety.
Recommendations for Children Ages 3 Through 5 Years
• Be physically active throughout the day for growth and development.
• Adult caregivers should encourage children to be active when they play.
Recommendations for Children and Adolescents Ages 6 Through 17 Years
• 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day.
• Aerobic activity: Most of the daily 60 minutes should include activities like walking, running, or anything that makes their hearts beat faster. At least 3 days a week should include vigorous-intensity activities.
• Muscle-strengthening: Includes activities like climbing or doing push-ups, at least 3 days per week.
• Bone-strengthening: Includes activities such as jumping or running, at least 3 days per week.
Want examples of what counts? Check out the aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activity for children and adolescents:

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