The Facility Management Pros at SFM Discuss Exercise for Toddlers
It’s important to lay the groundwork for fitness and wellness early in a child’s life. Kids who are active not only sleep better and are better able to maintain a healthy weight, but they’re also much happier. What’s more, active toddlers are more likely to stave off heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
In today’s blog, the facility management pros at Sports Facilities Management take a look at some tips for toddler exercise.
Whatever the season, just being out in the fresh air and basking in the sunshine will inspire your child to get moving. Take your toddler to a playground where he or she can climb, jump and run. Perhaps play a game of tag in your own yard. Also, stock your garage with toys that will keep your toddler active, such as a tricycle, riding toys, and ball for throwing and kicking.
Change with the Seasons
In the summer, teach your tot how to hold a mini tennis racket and hit some balls. In the fall, let your toddler jump in the leaves you’ve raked. In the winter, teach your toddler how to build a snowman and make snow angels. In the spring take her on her first hike. Create memorable seasonal traditions that will keep your child active and engaged for years to come.
Build in Daily Fitness
If possible, walk to the library or supermarket whenever you can. If walking to your destination isn’t a possibility, park the car far from the entrance so you and your little one can have a mini-walk. Another great way to grab some fitness is to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Create small routines for a little extra exercise during daily activities, and the habits will last a lifetime.
Don’t Embrace a Couch Potato Lifestyle
As much as you enjoy a little quiet time, try to limit your toddler’s TV time to no more than two hours per day. Remember, there will be plenty of electronics beckoning your toddler as he gets older, so setting limits now will help build healthy habits.
Consider introducing your toddler to your local community or recreational center. These are great facilities to introduce your toddler to sports leagues and organized athletics. Perhaps a tumbling or gymnastics class is something your toddler will enjoy. Doing physical activities with other kids can motivate your toddler to love physical exercise.
Sports Facilities Management
If your daily regimen includes managing a recreation center or sports facility, let the pros at Sports Facilities Management help. We offer industry-leading management, from project planning to day-to-day operations. At SFM we know that healthy children become healthy adults, and we provide world-class facilities for both. Contact us today.