Recommended Activity Levels By Top Health Organizations
PHIT America is pushing inactive or sedentary child to become a PHIT KID, active at least 3 times a week 60 minutes per day. These PHIT KIDS standards are the bare minimum and are also what is used by the Physical Activity Council. We also recommend there be a wide variety of activities including those which include aerobic, muscle strength and bone building activities. Once a child reaches these levels, we highly recommend to increase their activity levels recommended by the CDC, The Center For Disease Control, and WHO, the World Health Organization.
CDC Recommended Levels Of Activity For Children
At least 60 minutes of activity per day including:
- Aerobic Activity - Aerobic activity should make up most of your child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week.
- Muscle Strengthening - Muscle strengthening should include activities such as gymnastics or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes.
- Bone Strengthening - To strengthen a child's bones, children should do activities similar to jumping rope or running at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes.
To learn more about the CDC guidelines, please click HERE.
World Health Organization Guidelines
The World Health Organization has established these levels of recommended physical activities for 5-17 year olds:
- Accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily.
- Physical activity of amounts greater than 60 minutes daily will provide additional health benefits.
- Most of daily physical activity should be aerobic. Vigorous-intensity activities should be incorporated, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 times per week.