The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology suggests children age 5-11 get 60 minutes of physical activity per day. During the school year, this can be difficult to achieve as your child may spend a large portion of the day commuting, sitting at school and completing homework at home. However, with a little effort and creativity, it can be easy to integrate activity into your child’s week.
Physical activity does not have to be playing a sport, there are other ways to get exercise. Even light activity can provide health benefits. Check out our ideas to get your family moving!
Sources and for more information:
- Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines & Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology) – Note: you may need to copy and paste this link into your browser to view it properly. http://www.csep.ca/cmfiles/guidelines/csep_guidelines_handbook.pdf
- Children and physical activity (Government of Canada) https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/being-active/children-physical-activity.html