Exercising with your child can be fun, exciting and an excellent way to bond and connect while your child develops. Research shows that toddlers need at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity per day and 60 minutes of free playtime.
Other benefits of your child getting physically active include: (1) develop stronger muscles and bones; (2) less likely to develop health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions later in life; (3) balanced mood; and (4) better sleep.
Here are a few recommendations for you child:
- Infants/toddlers/preschoolers – playing in the sandbox, playing catch, patty cake, moving like animals or yoga, gardening, swimming, and dancing.
- Preschooler and older – cycling (with a helmet), swimming, dancing, walking, yoga, tai chi, tennis, and non-contact martial arts.
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