Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines

Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines


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Have you ever wondered just how much physical activity is recommended to achieve health benefits, or which types of activity you and your family should participate in?

Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines can help answer these questions.

Through new scientific evidence and expert input, the Government of Canada and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology have updated Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines.

These guidelines provide specific recommendations on how to get moving and stay active for:

  • Fast Fact - Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes every day for children and 150 minutes a week for adultsthe early years (0-4yrs) 
  • children (5-11 yrs)
  • youth (12-17 yrs)
  • adults (18-64 yrs)
  • older adults (65+ yrs)

Also, check out this interactive booklet. It shows how you and your family can plan to be physically active every day using the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.Plus, it incudes sample log books with plenty of examples of ways you can incorporate physical activity into your schedule. Use the blank logs at the back of the handbook to track your own progress!


Qualified exercise professionals at HealthLink BC can answer your physical activity and exercise questions. Qualified exercise professionals can prescribe physical activity and provide exercise advice or guidance to individuals of all ages and abilities. They also provide specialized services for pediatric and bariatric. To speak with a qualified exercise professional, call 8-1-1 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time.

Last Updated: January 13, 2017