Toddlers Need 3 Hours of Daily Exercise: Here’s How to do It

Toddlers Need 3 Hours of Daily Exercise: Here’s How to do It

This is according to ParticiPaction and The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology guidelines for physical activity. 3 Hours seems like a lot at first glance, but there are some easier ways to get your little ones that much needed activity for them to develop foundational skills/fitness. Here are some point form tips on how to accomplish this;

  • Prioritize activity: Changing your mindset towards looking for opportunities to move first and foremost. Have a quick inventory of indoor and outdoor possibilities
  • Sign children up for an active course or sport.
  • If your child has nothing going on immediately after school – spend at least 30 minutes playing in the park.
  • Have a soccer ball/basketball and other sporting equipment in your trunk at all times to be ready for a spontaneous game of soccer/hoops.
  • Limit screen time: The less screen time the more time your children have to be active.
  • Vary the stimulus – encourage climbing, crawling, jumping and running.
  • Maximize your indoor time: Have a “commercial challenge” where you play active games or have a wii sport or kinex contest. Or throw on some music and have a danceparty!
  • Maximize your weekends! Spend more time engaged in activity.

Be mixing structured and unstructured activity, your children will benefit greatly physically and psychologically and intellectually. Don’t be overly concerned about precision and exact time – rather just look for and create opportunities to move for you and your children.

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