3.8.4 Average time spent by Canadian children aged 3 to 4 years in sedentary, light or moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, Canada, 2012 and 2013

Sedentary Light activty Moderate-to-vigorous activity
Type of activity 7.5 3.6 1.2

Sedentary behaviour: any waking behaviour characterized by an energy expenditure ≤ 1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs), while in a sitting, reclining or lying posture.
Light activity: Light physical activities do not result in sweat production or shortness of breath. “Incidental activities” are typically light-intensity physical activities. Examples include slow walking or mild stretching.
Moderate-intensity physical activity: usually represented by 5 to 6 on a scale from 1 to 10. This form of activity is intense enough to elevate the heart rate. A person can talk but not sing during activities of this intensity. Examples include baseball, rollerblading or cycling.
Vigorous-intensity physical activity: usually represented as 7 to 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. During vigorous activity heart rate increases substantially, body temperature increases quickly, and a person cannot say more than a few words without pausing for a breath. Examples include jumping rope, tennis or running.

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from the Canadian Health Measures Survey, 2012 and 2013.

Canadian pre-schoolers aged 3 to 4 years spend on average 7.5 hours per day on sedentary activities.

They spend 3.6 hours in light physical activity and 1.2 hours in moderate-to-vigorous activity.