18 August, 2008

Building Up The Physical Fitness

Come across this article recently on the net...

"You may not think of "fitness" in terms of young kids and toddlers, but in the first few years of life, you can start laying the groundwork for your child to lead an active lifestyle down the road.

Two and three years old are learning to master basic movements like walking, running, kicking, and throwing. Kids this age are naturally active, so give your child lots of opportunities to practice and build on these skills. By encouraging your child to engage in active play, you are helping your child to be physically fit now and in the future.

How much is enough? Even at this young age there are activity guidelines. According to the National Association of Sports and Physical Education, everyday toddlers should:

get at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity (adult-led)
get at least 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play)
not be inactive for more than one hour at a time (except for sleeping)

What Is My Child Doing?

When you're thinking of getting your toddler active, it's important to understand what your child can do and what skills are appropriate for this age. By age 2, toddlers should be able to walk, run, and jump in place with both feet. By age 3, most kids can run and jump well. In addition, your child will learn to balance briefly on one foot, climb well, kick the ball forward, throw the ball overhand, and pedal a tricycle....."

Recently we happened to introduce new activities in our daily lives to add on to Jayden's usual home games and swimming. Knowing that he enjoys much of the outdoor activities, we signed up a membership at a nearby kids playhouse so that we can bring him there more often to let him play with other kids and also have fun with all the toys and slides.

Now that he can pedal and control his tricycle pretty well we have started to let him pedal his tricycle in the park more often...this is a good way to let him further develop his motor skills and also let him sweat it out!

This kid just seems to have boundless energy that simply amazed us.