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:
light work while standing (cooking, washing dishes)
playing most instruments
fishing while sitting
Moderate activity examples:
heavy chores (vacuuming, mopping, mowing the lawn)
Vigorous activity examples:
carrying heavy loads
playing a sport (basketball, soccer, tennis)
Doing some physical activity is better than doing none.