Saskatoon and Region

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Youth (12-17 years)

Youth are encouraged to participate in a variety of fun, safe physical activities that support their natural development.

For health benefits, youth aged 12-17 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. This should include:

  • Vigorous activities at least 3 days per week.
  • Activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days per week.

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Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

For health benefits, youth (aged 12-17 years) should minimize the time they spend being sedentary each day. This may be achieved by:

  • Limiting recreational screen time to no more than 2 hours per day; lower levels are associated with additional health benefits.
  • Limiting sedentary (motorized) transport, extended sitting and time spent indoors throughout the day.

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