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Physical activity for kids and teens

How much physical activity should I do?

For children and young people (5 to 17 years) you should aim for:

  • at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day
  • activities that strengthen muscles and bones on 3 days per week.

Examples of physical activity

Make sure you do things that make you huff and puff which includes things like:

  • running
  • bike riding or scooting
  • one-on-one basketball in the driveway
  • creating your own dance routine.

As well as things that make you huff and puff, do lots of light physical activity like:

  • a leisurely walk
  • throwing a ball in the backyard
  • a stretching routine in the sunshine.

Examples of activities that strengthen muscles and bones

Physical activity that strengthens muscles and bones includes things like:

  • bodyweight movements such as push-ups and squats
  • household tasks that involve lifting and carrying objects
  • skipping
  • yoga

Staying active videos

Wellbeing SA, supported by Exercise & Sports Science Australia, The City of Unley - Daily Moves and Wellbeing@Work, have developed some videos that focus on:

Developing movement skills and balance for children
Huff and puff - physical activity for children
Yoga for children

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