New Zealand Physical activity guidelines for children and young people (5-18 years old)
2010-08-17New Zealand children and young people should: · do 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day be active in as many ways as possible, for example through play, cultural activities, dance, sport and recreation, jobs, and moving from place to place · be active with friends and whanau, at home, school, and in the community · spend less than two hours a day (out of school time) in front of television, computers and game consoles." Most New Zealanders know that it's important for adults to be active for at least 30 minutes a day. Children and young people need to be active for 60 minutes each day. The aim is to complete moderate to vigorous exercise – that means an increased heart rate and some huffing and puffing. The 60 minutes can be completed all at once or in chunks throughout the day. This can include: · playing games; · walking, running, or riding a bike to get from place to place; · playing sport or taking part in recreational activities; · participating in cultural activities like kapa haka; · working; · dancing; Being active is a great way to spend time with family and friends, explore the local community, and to re-energise during break times at school.
It's also important for young people to limit the amount of time they spend in front of TV, computers, and playing electronic games. This should be restricted to two hours a day (out of school time).