The U.S. government has issued the first new guidelines on physical fitness since 2008 with the message that Americans need to move more, especially kids.
Just one in five teens meet the recommendation of at least 60 minutes of activity each day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
For the first time, the new Physical Activity Guidelines included recommendations for kids ages 3 to 5. Preschool-aged children should be “active throughout the day to enhance growth and development,” the guidelines say.
More specifically, children this age should be engaged in active play for at least 3 hours per day.
Kids between ages 6 and 17 saw no changes in the new guidelines. They continue to need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each day.
Three days a week, activity for kids and teenagers should include muscle-strengthening activity like climbing or swinging on monkey bars. Another three days should include bone-strengthening activity like running and jumping, according to the guidelines.
Adults continue to need at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and two days a week of muscle-strengthening activity like pushups, yoga and lifting weights, according to the guidelines.