HOW MUCH EX­ER­CISE DO KIDS NEED?

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Source: De­part­ment of Health — Na­tional Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Rec­om­men­da­tions for Chil­dren

Lit­tle ones, aged 0-5 years

In­fants (birth to one year) phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity — par­tic­u­larly su­per­vised floor-based play — should be en­cour­aged from birth.

Tod­dlers (one-three years) and preschool­ers (three-five) should be phys­i­cally ac­tive ev­ery day for at least three hours, spread through­out the day.

Chil­dren younger than two should not spend any time watch­ing TV or us­ing other elec­tronic me­dia.

For chil­dren two-five, TV and elec­tronic me­dia should be lim­ited to less than one hour per day.

All chil­dren from birth-five should not be seden­tary, re­strained or kept in­ac­tive for more than one hour at a time, ex­cept when sleep­ing.

Chil­dren and teens, aged 5-17 years

At least 60 min­utes of mod­er­ate to vig­or­ous in­ten­sity phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity ev­ery day.

Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity should in­clude a va­ri­ety of aer­o­bic ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing some of vig­or­ous in­ten­sity.

On at least three days a week, chil­dren should do ac­tiv­i­ties that strengthen mus­cle and bone.

Limit use of elec­tronic me­dia for en­ter­tain­ment to no more than two hours per day. Break up long pe­ri­ods of sit­ting as of­ten as pos­si­ble.

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