Active Children and Adolescents
Chapter 3 of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans says that children and teenagers should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily, including:
- Aerobic exercises: Either moderate- or vigorous-intensity exercise daily, but vigorous-intensity exercise at least three times a week.
- Muscle-strengthening exercises: At least three times a week.
- Bone-strengthening exercises: At least three times a week.
For children, HHS uses the following as their guidelines for exercise intensity:
- Brisk walking is a moderate-intensity activity. [Based on average levels of effort for these activities.
- Running is a vigorous-intensity activity. [Based on average levels of effort for these activities.