Physical Activity Recommendations
- Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
- The activity should be age-appropriate and fun, and kids don’t need to fit it all in at once: They can add up physical activity throughout the day, in short bursts of 10 minutes or longer.
- Children need to spend most of that hour in moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic activitythat is, activity that causes an increase in breathing and heart rate. Make sure children get vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least three days of the week.
- Include muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities on at least three days of the week.
Source: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2008
13 years old: 12 to 14 hours a night
35 years old: 11 to 13 hours a night
512 years old: 10 to 11 hours a night
Adolescents: 8.5 to 9.25 hours a night