How is Physical Activity importance for a toddler

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.

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The below mentioned five-step approach on a child’s nutrition can be used to help meet the nutritional requirements of your child:

  • Diversify your child’s meals by including vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, quality proteins and low fat
  • Avoid highly processed food containing artificial ingredients
  • Use less amount of salt, sugar and oil
  • Offer variety of food choices
  • Offer appropriate servings to your child

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Some tips to make your child active:

  • Be a positive role model: Lead an active lifestyle and encourage your child to be energetic.
  • Fruitful leisure time: Take your child to public parks and playgrounds and involve them in recreational activities.
  • Join in the fun with your child: Engage your child with fun activities or free time play to build a healthy family bond.
  • Praise your child: Appreciate them for their patience and encourage them to be part of new physical activities which may be structured or unstructured.
Structured Activity Unstructured Activity
Hopscotch Dancing
Kicking a ball back and forth Playing in a playground
Hide and seek game Digging and building in sand
Cycle riding Stacking blocks inside