Physical activity has a significant role in early childhood development. The benefits of exercise apply not only to physical health but are extended to psychological, emotional and cognitive wellness. Physically active children acquire healthy weight, optimal body growth and development, sound sleep and self-esteem.
Physical activity of a minimum of 60 minutes (1 hour) is recommended for children daily. The activities can be age dependent and enjoyable
When a child is physically active, the energy and protein requirement is high. Therefore, the child needs to consume foods that are packed with nutrients to help balance their energy expenditure.
The below mentioned five-step approach on a child’s nutrition can be used to help meet the nutritional requirements of your child:
|Structured Activity||Unstructured Activity|
|Kicking a ball back and forth||Playing in a playground|
|Hide and seek game||Digging and building in sand|
|Cycle riding||Stacking blocks inside|