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Canadian physical activity guidelines for the early years 0-4

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Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Publication Date: 
20 Apr 2012


Infants (aged less than 1 year) should be physically active several times daily - particularly
through interactive floor-based play.

Toddlers (aged 1-2 years) and preschoolers (aged 3-4 years) should accumulate at least
180 minutes of physical activity at any intensity spread throughout the day, including:

  • A variety of activities in different environments;
  • Activities that develop movement skills;
  • Progression toward at least 60 minutes of energetic play by 5 years of age.

More daily physical activity provides greater benefits.

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Entered Date: 
24 Apr 2012
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