Canadian 24-Hour
Movement Guidelines:

An Integration of Physical
Activity, Sedentary Behaviour,
and Sleep

Why these Guidelines are important

Welcome to the CSEP Guidelines information hub, featuring the latest updates and resources for the Canadian Physical Activity and 24-Hour Movement guidelines. We are pleased to feature the release of the world’s first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for children in their early years.

We think of young children as busy, but that doesn’t mean they’re active. Many Canadian kids are getting too little physical activity, and spending too much time in front of screens, which is particularly harmful before age five.

As young children grow and develop, they need to work towards high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour and sufficient sleep each day to be healthy — they need to Move, Sleep and Sit the right amounts. The new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (ages 0-4) show there is an important relationship between how much sleep, sedentary behaviour and physical activity children get in a 24-hour period.

All types of movement matter, and a balance is best for health

30
min

Amount of tummy time recommended for 
infants not yet mobile.

60
min

Amount of energetic play recommended 
for preschoolers every day.

60
min

Recommended screen time limit for toddlers 
and preschoolers over 2 years old.

Get the 24-Hour Movement & Activity Guidelines

Early Years (0-4)

Infants, toddlers and preschoolers need to Move, Sleep and Sit the right amounts. View guidelines

Children + Youth (5-17)

Guidelines encourage kids to Sweat, Step, Sleep and Sit the right amounts each day. View guidelines

Adults (18-64)

Guidelines to help maximize the health benefits of physical activity for adults. View guidelines

Older Adults (65+)

Physical activity recommendations to maintain health and quality of life. View guidelines

Guidelines news and updates

Keep up-to-date on the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines with the latest articles, research and initiatives.

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for children in their early years released

November 20, 2017 – The world’s first evidence-based 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (ages 0-4 years), released today, outline how much young children need to move, sleep and sit each day. The new guidelines combine physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines and include sleep, showing the important interrelationship between all three behaviours.

BMC Public Health Special Journal Supplement

Background research informing the new guidelines is published in a special issue of BMC Public Health, released November 20, 2017.

CSEP Announces Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth: The world’s first evidence-based guidelines to address the whole day

June 16, 2016 – The world’s first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep are the first evidence-based guidelines to address the whole day.

Terminology A to Z

Not sure what we mean by the movement continuum? Need to know the difference between light, medium and vigorous-intensity physical activity? The Guidelines Glossary of Terms has the answers.

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