Regular physical activity is so important for children’s’ health and development. Great things happen when children move more. Being active can help children:
Each day, children of all ages should get 60-minute bouts of moderate-to-vigorous activity that raises their heart rate. According to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, children between the ages of five and 17 should also do the following three days a week:
Unfortunately, Canadian children are not moving enough. Only about one-third of five-to-seven year olds in Canada are meeting the recommended physical activity levels.
There are many ways to help children get active. These ways do not have to be costly or complicated. Keep encouraging children to “Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.” through a mix of physical activities, including:
Check-out local parks, trails, and other great programs and ideas for getting active in your community:
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Physical Activity Toolkit also shares some fun games to increase physical activity. The games are intended for children of a variety of ages and skill levels and can be done indoors and outdoors.
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