Toddler Time At-Home Fitness Options
By Brandi Goodman
Toddlers need exercise too. Normal days may consist of playtime with friends, a trip to the park, and other activities, but these unprecedented times leave many without those options. It's important to set some at-home fitness opportunities for your young ones so they can get in the physical activity they need for their bodies to grow healthy and strong.
Turn on some kid-friendly songs and get your toddler dancing. Dancing is a great way to enhance body strength and loosen up the limbs. You don't have to dance well. You just have to keep your body moving. Little kids often enjoy dancing around in silly ways to silly songs. Dance with them to keep them encouraged.
Even if you can't take your toddler to a park, you can still use playground equipment to keep them active. Get a swing set or slide in your yard if you have the space so your kid has something to keep them busy on nice days. If you don't have a yard, a small slide or kid-size trampoline won't take up much room inside the house. Climbing, swinging, sliding, and related activities are all great exercises for small children.
Many toddlers like to play silly games -- and they like to get mommy or daddy involved. If your kid asks you to be a penguin, then be one. Walk silly and waddle around and encourage your child to do it along with you. Get on the ground and hop like a frog. Imitate the movement of other animals as well. Silly games like this are great for keeping toddlers moving.
On hot days, some time spent in the pool is a great idea. It's also beneficial for exercise. Toddlers will need some help learning how to swim. Use swimmies or pool floats and get your kids splashing in the water for some ideal physical activity. Even jumping and splashing in a small kiddie pool or in the tub can be beneficial.
Exercise is necessary for people of all ages, including toddlers. Make sure you're finding ways to keep them active at home so their bodies can grow strong and healthy. It's also wise to start with fitness from a young age so they grow up to understand its importance and continue healthy habits into adulthood.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.