76% of American children don’t get enough daily physical activity.  Learn more about current physical guidelines for school aged children (6-17).

Physical Activity Guidelines for School-Aged Children 6-17

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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) shares the following information with us on physical activity for school-aged children written by Jessie Fudge, M.D., FACSM, Kaiser Permanente Washington.


Kids and teens age 6-17 years of age should perform:

  • 60 mins per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, mostly aerobic
  • 3 times a week of muscle-strengthening activities
  • 3 times a week of bone-strengthening activities


Many activities will overlap in categories and free play usually meets all requirements.


  • Running
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Playing tag

Muscle strengthening

  • Gymnastics
  • Climbing trees or monkey bars
  • Yoga


  • Jump-rope
  • Hopscotch
  • Tennis
  • Basketball


  • Better bone and heart health
  • Healthier weight
  • Reduced risk of depression

How to Help Kids Improve 

Not meeting guidelines:

  • Gradually increase enjoyable physical activities

Meeting guidelines:

  • Maintain and try to increase physical activity

Exceeding guidelines:

  • Maintain activity level, but vary activities to reduce overtraining or injury

Learn more about Physical Activity in School-Aged Children from ACSM

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