Monthly Health Information: Physical Activity

Adele and Laine, our wonderful nursing students that came to work with us from January-March, have created a series of monthly themed health packets. This month, we will learn about Physical Activity.

June – Physical Activity

The WHO recommends that between the age of 5 and 17, that individuals should do an average of 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity. 

Being physical has many benefits: 

  • Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Improves learning and mental performance
  • Improves sleep
  • Strengthens muscles and bones
  • Increases energy levels
  • Help control weight 

 

Children and adolescents should start by doing small amounts of physical activity, and gradually increase the frequency, intensity and duration over time. 

 

Light activity examples:

walking slowly

light work while standing (cooking, washing dishes)

playing most instruments

fishing while sitting 

 

Moderate activity examples:

lightly bicycling

heavy chores (vacuuming, mopping, mowing the lawn)

walking briskly

 

Vigorous activity examples:

hiking

jogging

shovelling 

carrying heavy loads

bicycling fast

playing a sport (basketball, soccer, tennis)

 

Doing some physical activity is better than doing none.