As described in our article about the New activity and non-activity guidelines for kids, the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (CPAG) recommend that children over five should get at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise each day. But many parents are unsure whether these guidelines can be safely applied for youth with type 1 diabetes.
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
Many professional groups and leading researchers from around the world were involved in the development of physical activity guidelines for Canadians, along with input from more than 700 national and international stakeholders.
Regular physical activity is important to help meet diabetes management goals. There are four main types of physical activity.
Being physically active is always easier when you do it with others. Get ideas on how you can keep active as a family throughout the year.
The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (CPAG) for youth under17 recommend 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise weekly, and specify that this should include vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days a week. For adults, the guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.
While it may be too late for our family members and friends with diabetes, many of us as caregivers are in a position to take advantage of the growing knowledge about diabetes prevention.