Babies, toddlers, and children need a normal amount of exercises or physical activity to grow and develop well. They need regulated physical exercises to stay healthy and grow stronger bones and muscles; and they need good physical activity to develop mental soundness and an active mind.
Regardless of the age of a baby or a preschooler, individual or group physical activity is essential for normal growth and must be encouraged to enable the child reach his peak in adulthood. It must however be pointed how that the recommended type and amount of exercise done by a child is determined by his age and health.
- Babies: They should be encouraged to be as active as they can be during the day, and this by prompting them to crawl, reach for things, grasp things, pull and push objects, roll on the floor and grass, splash in the water, and generally work their body and limbs by way of exercise every day. But where the babies play must be clean, safe and health.
- Toddlers: A toddler can learn to play and be physically active indoors and outdoors as much as possible. They can be asked or encouraged to stand from side to side, constantly move around in a circle, roll on the floor, or engage in hopping, jumping, running, and skipping among other things.
- Children: Children under the age of 8 can engage in riding a regular or stationary bike, play soccer games, climb staircase, hop a rope, and run among other things.
Benefits of physical exercises for children
The following are some of the benefits that kids are guaranteed to obtain from an active, physical lifestyle:
- Develop stronger bones and muscles
- Shed excess body weight and reduce likelihood of obesity
- Lower the risks of cholesterols, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure
- Develop an active mind and stronger brainpower
- Primed to handle physical and emotional challenges
- Have a better outlook on life
Physical activities suitable for children and older kids
Any aerobic and muscle-building or bone-strengthening exercise is good for growing kids, and these include:
- Hide-and-seek games around the house and neighbourhood
- Jumping on a trampoline
- Riding a stationary or regular bike
- Climbing staircase, trees, and hills
- Rope skipping
- Gymnastic activities
- Mate wrestling on the rug or at the backyard
- Push-ups, crunches, and pull-ups among others.