Ready, Set, Go!
We all know that kids are full of energy − and that's the way they should be! Physical activity for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers plays a very important role in their physical and mental growth. It builds muscle and bone strength, helps prevent obesity, increases self-esteem and learning capabilities, and helps kids handle stress better.
So get your kids moving! Make it a priority for your child to have 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Finding time every day for your child's physical activity can seem hard. But remember — the recommended 60 minutes of play your child needs every day doesn't have to be all at once. It's the total amount of time that counts, so add it up! Plus, physical activity for kids under 5 is more than running and jumping. It can be as simple as:
Physical activity is a great way to get the whole family moving. When kids are supported and encouraged by their parents, siblings, and grandparents, they gain confidence in their running, jumping, biking, and playing abilities. When physical activity is fun for everyone, no one will want to be left out!
It's time to turn off the
(And that includes computers and video games, too.)
The more time kids spend in front of a screen, the less they actively play. This becomes a bad habit, leading to obesity, sleep problems, and a lack in attention span. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under age 2 and less than two hours of quality programming a day for older kids.