Department of Nutritional Sciences

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Be physically active 60 minutes, up to several hours every day. Use these suggestions to help meet your goal.

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Lifestyle activities

As often as possible
  • Play outside
  • Help with chores
  • Take the stairs
  • Pick up toys
  • Walk

Fetch everyday activities


Jump into active aerobics Every day
  • Dance
  • Skateboard
  • Tag
  • Ride your bike
  • Martial arts, like karate
  • Sports
    • Ice or field hockey
    • Basketball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Soccer


Muscle strengthening

Push up for strengthThree times a week
  • Tug-of-war
  • Rope climb
  • Pull-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Push-ups

Muscle-strengthening exercises help your bones get stronger so you can run and play.



Cut down
  • Screen time (TV, computer, video games*)
  • Sitting longer than 60 minutes
    Instead of watching sports on TV, go outside and play a sport!
* Video games that require physical activity may count toward your 60 minutes

Cuit down on video games

Find your balance between food and fun

  • Move more. Aim for at least 60 minutes every day.
  • Walk, dance, bike, rollerblade — it all counts. How great is that!