You've probably read about obesity and the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle in the papers and magazines. Parents are being asked to encourage their children to stay healthy by teaching them to be active and eat well. Children learn through imitation, so it is important for parents to teach through doing. A lot of parents feel their toddler is active enough but sadly this isn't always the case. So we thought we would share some fun activity tips to help mums and dads encourage a positive active lifestyle with their little ones.
- Babies can be active even though they are unable to walk, run or jump. Playing on the floor and floor based play is an excellent form of exercise for the youngest members of the family.
- Children who are walking need to be active for at least three hours a day, but this doesn't mean they need to be out of breathe or sweating, simply ensuring they are on their feet and moving around is all that is required.
- It’s easier to encourage children to be active when there are no distractions, such as a television or tablet. Going outside removes these distractions and trips to the park, local woods or fields provides toddlers with the opportunity to explore, run, jump and play.
- When you are stuck in the home it is worth looking for programmes that encourage movement, such as Twirlywoos or Hey Duggee.
- Stop using the car or the pushchair for short trips and start walking more regularly. Show your child that you love to be active and go for walks or bike rides and it will inspire your child to want to do the same.
Children learn by copying and therefore as a parent it is important to show your children that you love to be active. Dance around the home; go for walks, jogs and bike rides. If you’re having fun your children will see you being happy and find activities to be a lot more fun than sitting and watching the television. Introduce your children to music and shows that encourage activity and make movement part of everyday life.
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