Essay on Physical Activity Guidelines For Children
4.2. Physical Activity Guidelines in Australia
The Federal Department of Health has issued recommendations for levels of physical activity that vary according to age. For 0-5 year olds it is recommended they have at least three hours of physical activity every day, either in a single block or spread throughout the day. For 5-12 and 13-17 year olds for health benefits the recommendations suggest they should undertake at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day. This activity should include a variety of aerobic activities, including some vigorous intensity activity. In addition, for at least 3 days per week, children should engage in activities that strengthen muscle and bone. In order to obtain additional health benefits, children should engage in more activity which may be up to several hours per day (DoH, 2014a).
For adults in the 18-65 age bracket National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australian adults recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days. In the AHS (ABS, 2013),this recommendation was translated to the following measure, considered to correlate with good health outcomes:
150 minutes of physical activity over five or…