Early in 2012, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) launched the sedentary behaviour guidelines for Canadians. CSEP is the principal body for physical activity, health and fitness research and personal training in Canada.

Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines describe the recommended amount of time that Canadians should reduce their involvement in sedentary pursuits to reduce health risks.  

For kids, sedentary behaviour is time when they are doing very little physical movement.  Some examples include:

  • Watching TV
  • Playing passive video games
  • Playing on the computer or tablet

Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Children

Youth