Ways to Get Small Children to Move More
Let’s look at ways to get small Children to move more. Movement is healthy for all ages, and preschool aged children need to move to be healthy just as adults do. Regular exercise helps kids grow, builds muscle and bones, and develops motor skills.
Here are 5 ways to Get Small Children to Move More
- Keep it fun. Preschool aged children might be too young to enjoy organized sports with rules, but they will most likely enjoy just kicking a ball around with you. Exercise does not have to be formal to be effective, and just playing around can meet your preschooler’s activity needs.
- How much? About 60 minutes of activity a day is a good guideline for preschool-aged children.
- Free play. Play and exercise do not always have to be structured. Let your children explore the backyard or run around the playground, with your supervision of course.
- Set a good example. If your small children see that you truly enjoy going for a walk or hike, they will be much more likely to follow your lead. If you treat exercise as something to be enjoyed, not endured, your children will grow up with the attitude that exercise is pleasurable.
- Limit Screen Time. One of the main reasons that young children today move less is because of how prevalent TV, tablets and other devices are. Limit your child’s screen time to no more than 2 hours of day, and you might be surprised how naturally your children start moving more.
If you need more helpful advice on this topic, come work with our Health Coaches or even our Youth Fitness Specialist at KareBoost Health.
Greg Bing, M.Ed., A.C.E. Certified Trainer, Youth Fitness Specialist
5 Ways to Get Small Children to Move More