In February 2014, the Australian Department of Health released the ‘Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines'. The guidelines address the physical activity needs of children, young people and adults.
Interestingly the guidelines suggest that for health benefits, children aged 5-12 years / young people aged 13-17 years should carry out:
- At least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity every day.
- Children / Young people’s physical activity should include a variety of aerobic activities, including some vigorous-intensity activity.
- A range of activities are preferred for children and young people. This also takes into consideration the many different contexts in which physical activity could and should take place and that different types of physical activity provide different health benefits.
- There is evidence that vigorous physical activity provides health benefits (e.g. musculoskeletal andcardiorespiratory health benefits) and that these benefits may be additional to the benefits found for lower intensity activity.
An Evidence Review Report, brochures and fact sheets about how to be more physically active are available to download from the Department of Health website.