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Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines

April 15, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

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Have you ever wondered just how much physical activity is recommended to achieve health benefits, or which types of activity you and your family should participate in?

Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines can help answer these questions.


Through new scientific evidence and expert input, the Government of Canada and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology have updated Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines.

These guidelines provide specific recommendations on how to get moving and stay active for:

  • Fast Fact - Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes every day for children and 150 minutes a week for adultsthe early years (0-4yrs) 
  • children (5-11 yrs)
  • youth (12-17 yrs)
  • adults (18-64 yrs)
  • older adults (65+ yrs)

Also, check out this interactive booklet. It shows how you and your family can plan to be physically active every day using the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.Plus, it incudes sample log books with plenty of examples of ways you can incorporate physical activity into your schedule. Use the blank logs at the back of the handbook to track your own progress!

DID YOU KNOW?

Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day and should include muscle and bone strengthening activities like running, jumping or climbing at least three times per week. 

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Topic

  1. Activity & Lifestyles
  2. Aging Well
  3. Pregnancy & Parenting
    1. Pregnancy & Birth
    2. Babies (0-12 months)
    3. Toddlers (12-36 months)
    4. Preschool (3-5 years)
    5. Children (6-11 years)
    6. Teens (12-18 years)
  4. Food & Nutrition

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