Physical activity is an important part of children’s growth and development. Researchers say that toddlers need 30 minutes of structured physical activities everyday, and then an additional 60 minutes of free playtime. Being active at a young age can help children stay fit for life!
Children who are active develop stronger muscles and bones, and are less likely to develop health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions later in life. Being active can also help children maintain a stable mood and sleep better.
Being active though is not just for children! Exercise helps adults maintain a healthy weight, and it can also help you stay in a better mood, sleep better, and combat some chronic diseases, such as heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control says adults should participate in moderate physical activity (like walking) for 30 minutes at least five days a week.
As a parent, you can set a good example for your children by exercising regularly. And you can make it a family time activity as well. Exercise with your children! You will all feel better, stay fitter, and spend quality time together.
When the weather is good, go outside with your child. In addition to being active and outdoors in the fresh air, your neighborhood or local park will give your child a chance to see and learn about different things in the environment.