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Canadian Paediatric Society

How much for preschoolers? (1-4 years)

Physical activity

Sedentary behaviour

Toddlers and preschoolers (1–4 years)

  • Accumulate ≥ 180 minutes of physical activity at any intensity throughout the day.
  • Progress towards ≥ 60 minutes of energetic play daily by 5 years.

Minimize sedentary time (e.g., sitting for more than 1 hour at a time).

Children under 2 years old: Screen time is not recommended.

Children 2 to 4 years old: Limit screen time to less than 1 hour every day.  

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What being active means

How to increase
physical activity

How to reduce
sedentary behaviour

  • Any kind of movement (e.g., climbing stairs, crawling, walking).
  • Create safe spaces for play
  • Play music, learn action songs together
  • Play/explore indoors and outdoors
  • Play with other children
  • Walk or bike instead of driving
  • Crawl, take a brisk walk, hop, skip, run, dance
  • Limit use of playpens and infant seats when baby is awake
  • Stop for playtime during long car trips
  • Set rules to limit screen time
  • Keep TVs and computers out of bedrooms

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Last updated: Jul 17 2015