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How much physical activity should children get daily?

Kids need to be even more active than adults. They need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day – at home, at school, at play – to get their heart going and to get the best possible health benefit.

It’s good for kids’ bodies to get a variety of exercise. Encourage children to be active in many different ways. Learn more about how to inspire an active lifestyle in your child.

a young boy on a skateboard

Moderate aerobic activity

These activities are good fun and good exercise:

  • walking quickly
  • skating
  • cycling
  • skateboarding
three yound boys playing basketball

Vigorous aerobic activity

These are great activities that get hearts working hard:

  • running or jogging
  • jumping rope
  • sports like basketball or hockey
  • active games like tag
two young girls playing hop scotch

Strengthening activity

These activities build up muscles:

  • push-ups and sit-ups
  • swinging on playground equipment
  • climbing trees

These activities help make bones stronger:

  • hopping
  • skipping
  • jumping