How do I keep my child physically active?

Physical activity is an important part of your child’s developmental stages. It is recommended that preschool-age children are physically active throughout the day to encourage growth and development, as well as to foster healthy attitudes toward movement. Encouraging active play and modeling this behavior as a parent can help your little one associate physical activity with fun!

A few ways to encourage outdoor play, as outlined by the CDC:

  • Start early: Encourage unstructured play from an early age to get your child used to it and make it part of their life.

  • Set a positive example by living an active lifestyle yourself: Model the behaviors you want your child to exhibit by living an active lifestyle which will encourage your littles to do the same.

  • Make physical activity part of your family’s daily routine: Work in an after dinner walk, time to play outdoors, or active games to get your family moving together on a daily basis.

  • Make physical activity fun: Physical activity doesn’t have to be a chore! Make time for physical activities that your little one enjoys such as their favorite game, outdoor activities with friends, or organized sports!

Of course, always consult your doctor before starting any kind of physical activity routine.


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Disclaimer: The contents of this article does not constitute medical advice. If you have concerns about any health or medical condition, diagnosis, or treatment you should consult with your pediatrician or a licensed healthcare provider.