The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has put out some statistics as to how active each age group should be.
How active should your toddler be? A child between the age of 2-5 should:
👉 Be active for 180 minutes per day
👉 Should not be restrained for longer than 60 minutes per day (stroller, car seat, high chair)
👉 Should not have more than 60 minutes of screen time per day
How active should your child be? Your child (5-17 years old) should:
👉 Have several hours of light activity with at LEAST 60 minutes of moderate to vigirous activity per day
👉 No longer than 120 minutes a day of screen use per day (you can monitor screen use on smart phones!)
👉 Reduce prolonged sitting to around 60 minutes at a time
👉 Participate in vigorous muscle-strengthening activities 3 times per week Only 1 in 4 children between the age of 5-11 are meeting these activity guidelines!
How active should you be? For adults aged 18-64 you should:
👉 Be active on most, preferably all days with at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week
👉 Minimise and break up prolonged periods of sitting to approx an hour at a time
👉 Limit screen time as much as possible
👉 Muscle strengthening activities 2 times a week
Do you follow these guidelines?
How active should your elders be? The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare suggests those aged between 65+ should:
👉 Be active on most, preferably all days with at least 30 minutes of moderate activity per day
👉 Be as active as possible and minimise screen time
👉 Incorporate muscle strengthening activities where possible
We understand injuries and disabilities can effect how you exercise and this can become more difficult as you age.
By Lucy- May Pitt