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24-Hour Movement Guidelines

Children And Youth (Age 5-17)

The Canadian 24–Hour Movement Guidelines for Children And Youth (aged 5-17) recommend “for optimal health benefits, children and youth should achieve high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behavior, and sufficient sleep each day.”1



A minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity
every day

  • Activities can be spread out over the day.
  • Activities should cause harder breathing and sweating such as bike riding, skipping, climbing on playground equipment or dancing.


Several hours each day of light activities

  • Walking to school
  • Helping with household chores (inside and outside)


Active kids sleep better

  • Ages 5 to 13 years old need 9-11 hours per night
  • Ages 14 to 17 year olds need 8-10 hours per night


Sit less, move more

  • Limit recreational screen time to no more than 2 hours
  • Limit sitting for extended periods

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth

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Date of creation: February 28, 2013
Last modified on: February 8, 2018


1Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. (2016) Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines For Children And Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. Retrieved from
2ParticipACTION. (2016). Are Canadian kids too tired to move? The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Retrieved from
3ParticipACTION. (2016). Build Your Best Day! Retrieved from