The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children should be getting 60 minutes a day of physical activity. 

These activities are made up of three different types of movements. 


Activities where kids are rhythmically moving their large muscles. 

  • Running
  • Hopping
  • Skipping
  • Jumping rope
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Bicycling
  • Tag games 

Muscle strengthening: 

Activities that make the muscles do more work than they normally would during daily activities. 

  • Playing and hanging on playground equipment
  • Climbing
  • Body weight resistance activities 

Bone building: 

Activities that put a force on the bones (usually by impact with the ground) to promote bone growth. 

  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Hopscotch
  • Quick moving sports such as basketball or tennis


Reference US Health and Human Services “Physical Activity Guidelines”



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