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Get Active Each Day

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Being active and eating healthy food play a big part in getting healthy and staying healthy.

Everyone – not just kids – should be active every day, in as many ways as possible. Not being active can cause an energy imbalance – that’s when you take in more energy than you actually use.  It can have a big effect on your health and how you feel.

 

Age How much activity?
5 to 12 At least 60 minutes a day of moderate and vigorous activities.  It’s even better to be active for up to a couple of hours every day.
12 to 18 At least 60 minutes a day of moderate and vigorous activities. For even more health benefits, try to include 20 minutes or more of vigorous activity three or four times a week.

 

It sounds like a lot but you don’t have to do it in one go – it all adds up over the day. It’s also fun to do a few different activities.

Moderate activities make your heart beat faster and your breathing become quicker. 

Vigorous activity makes you ‘huff and puff’.

 

Moderate Activities  Vigorous Activities

Walking fast

 Organised sports
Bike riding  Running/chasing  friends
Skateboarding  Swimming laps
Dancing  Star jumps
Playing on park equipment  Skipping

 

Try to be active in lots of different ways and challenge yourself to try something new. Remember that it can take time to learn a new skill or a new sport, so don't expect to be good at something right away.

Why be active?

  • To help your body grow properly, giving you strong bones, muscles, lungs and heart.
  • To have good flexibility, balance and coordination, so you can move well.
  • To meet up with your friends and make new ones.
  • To learn how to run, throw, jump, catch and kick, which are part of lots of sports.
  • To improve your fitness.
  • To help you stay healthy and not get sick.
  • To feel happy and full of energy.
  • To help you keep at a healthy weight.
  • To help you feel relaxed and confident.
  • To help you sleep better.
  • To improve your posture.
  • To learn new skills and challenge yourself.
  • To have fun! 

Organised sports

There are lots of organised sports that you can play – football, netball, rugby league and basketball are very popular. But there are plenty of other sports to choose from. Why not try something different like indoor cricket, lacrosse, marching, ten pin bowling or table tennis?

For info on sports in your area, click here for the Gateway to Sport website (new window)

Staying safe

You need plenty of fluids when you’re playing sport or being active, especially if it’s hot and humid. Make sure you have a drink before you start, as well as plenty of water while you’re playing.

Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide!  Always wear sunscreen, sun glasses, clothing and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Play in the shade when you can.

And make sure you wear the right protective equipment – such as a bike helmet, knee or shin pads – to stay safe and avoid injuries.

What if I don’t like sport?

You don’t have to do an organised sport to be active. There are fun activities to suit everyone, no matter who you are or what you like to do.

Download Kids Get Active Each Day fact sheet (PDF 588KB)