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Early years and staying active

2020 04 28 LSP 030

How much physical activity should I do?

Infants (birth to one year) — be physically active several times a day in a variety of ways and for those not yet mobile try to include at least 30 minutes of supervised tummy time per day.

Toddlers (1 to 2 years) — be physically active for at least 180 minutes per day in a variety of ways including energetic play (things like running around in the backyard chasing after bubbles or dancing to their favourite song).

Pre-Schoolers (3 to 5 years) — be physically active for at least 180 minutes per day in a variety of ways, including 60 minutes of energetic play.

Staying active videos

Wellbeing SA, supported by Exercise & Sports Science Australia, have developed some videos that focus on movement skills for pre-schoolers.

What about screen time and sitting?

During this time people may be spending more time sitting or in front of screens than they usually would.

Some things to remember

  • For children and adults try to break up long periods of sitting throughout the day — try setting a reminder for the last 5 minutes of every hour and move around the house.
  • For children and young people talk to them about the importance of limiting their amount of recreational screen time to no more than 2 hours each day — this does not include screen time for educational purposes.