Be Active Together
Children of all ages and shapes need to be active on a daily basis, however the amounts may be different.
Young Children (0 to 6 years)
Young children need to be active every day to help them:
- With early brain development and learning.
- With their physical development, such as learning to walk, run, jump and climb.
- Cope with their emotions.
- Make physical activity a normal part of their everyday life.
Young children may seem to be pretty active, but we keep them from moving freely when we leave them in strollers, baby seats or playpens for long periods of time.
Toddlers and preschoolers shouldn't be inactive for more than 60 minutes at a time, except when sleeping. 18
Activities like watching T.V., using computers and playing video games don't encourage your children to be physically active.
Limit screen time for preschoolers to less than one hour per day.
Be active with your children and be physically active yourself. Active parents have active children.
School Age Children (5 to 11 years)
It is recommended that kids get at least 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity, which should include:
- Vigorous intensity activities at least three days per week
- Activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least three days per week
- Moderate activities like skating, playground activities, or biking, and
- Vigorous activities are things like running, swimming, or rollerblading.
Moderate-Intensity physical activities will cause children to sweat a little and to breathe harder. Vigorous-Intensity physical activities will cause children to sweat and be ‘out of breathe’.
The 60 minutes of activity does not have to be done all at one time, it can be done in 10-15 minute periods throughout the day and include a mixture of activities.
- 20 minutes walking to school
- 20 minutes doing daily physical activity (DPA) at school
- 10 minutes playing an active game at recess
- 10 minutes at the playground after school
Try to include these three types of activities:
- Endurance – Running, swimming, and soccer are activities that strengthen the heart and lungs.
- Flexibility – Try bending, stretching, or reaching in activities like gymnastics or dancing.
- Strength – Climbing or helping carry the groceries are activities that help build strong muscles and bones.
Find FUN activities for your children and the entire family!