Children and teenagers should get 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This physical activity can be a moderate-intensity or vigorous-intensity or combination of these activities.  

Further explanation

The recommended amount and intensity of physical activity varies according to ages and health condition. Children and teenager should get 60 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. While for adults age 18 to 64 years old, the recommended amount is 150 minutes per week for a moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes per week for vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination of these two activities.

  • Moderate-intensity activities such as brisk walking, swimming for leisure, gardening, and doubles tennis. A moderate level of activity noticeably increases your heart rate and breathing rate.
  • Vigorous-intensity activities including running, jogging, hill walking, aerobic dance, lap swimming, and martial art. Vigorous exercise also known as a hard exercise is a physical activity that produces a higher heart rate and rapid breathing. Vigorous exercise offers greater cardiovascular benefits than moderate-intensity workouts.  

Physical activity gives many benefits in children and teenager such as improving cardiovascular fitness, helping with relaxation, improving academic performance and developing emotional and social skills.  

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