Children Need 60-80 Minutes of Exercise Per Day

BMC Medicine published research on exercise in younger children (less than 10 years old) and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  The researchers found that there was gender differences therefore it was recommended that:

  • boys under 6 years old need 70 minutes of exercise per day
  • older boys need at least 80 minutes per day
  • girls of all ages needed around 60 minutes of exercise per day. 

Need ideas for physical activity for children?  Check out 50 Sensory Motor Activities for Kids!
Sneak in physical activity during small breaks or transitions with Mini Movement Breaks.

Reference:  Jiménez-Pavón D, Konstabel K et al.  Physical activity and clustered cardiovascular disease risk factors in young children: a cross-sectional study (The IDEFICS study).  BMC Medicine 2013; 11: 172. DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-172.