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Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines encourage Canadians to increase their physical activity time while decreasing their sedentary time. Most people can enjoy the benefits of physical activity and should be encouraged to do so. The guidelines provide suggestions for types of activities that one can participate in and the amount of time that a person of a specific age should spend being active.

Physical Activity Guidelines at a glance:

Toddlers and Preschoolers (ages 1-4) should accumulate 180 minutes of physical activity each day

Children and youth (ages 5-17) should accumulate 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise each day

Adults (ages 18+) should participate in 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise each week in bouts of 10 minutes or more

More physical activity at any age will provide greater benefits

Sedentary Guideline suggestions at a glance:

Help children swap sedentary time with active time by promoting:

  • Active transportation (such as walking or biking to school)
  • Active play (encourage kids to spend after school shooting hoops, jumping rope or going for a walk instead of watching TV)
  • Active family time (go for a walk or bike ride after dinner or toss a frisbee in the park on the weekend)

You can find all of the guidelines on the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology website.