Amongst all the first milestones of your baby, the 'first smile' is one of the most anticipated. In an instant, your world changes. All the work, the sleepless nights and endless diaper changes, seem well-rewarded. And then for the next several days, weeks, months and years to come, we parents try our best to re-create that smile.Apart from worldly goods, branded daycare, techno-toys, nutritious food and good education, our kids also need a very important thing to smile for a lifetime - it's called fitness.Thanks to the modern lifestyle, children are becoming more sedentary. Gone are those days when they were seen playing and running on grounds. They are now spending more time on electronic media, television, video games and computer.
However, developing a habit of daily physical activity is the key to your child's well-being. It has a tremendous positive impact on the physical, mental and intellectual development of your child.
Children who are active at young age are more likely to remain physically fit as adults, because early fitness sets the foundation for a long and healthy life ahead.Depending upon their age, nutritional status and overall health, most children need at least 45-60 minutes of physical activity every day.It could be in the form of play, exercise, sports etc.
Its advantages include
Some age appropriate activities for your child are
Encourage walking and cycling as means of transport whenever safely possible. Remember, what your child longs for is your appreciation for his efforts. Your words of praise encourage and motivate him/her to do more…. So be generous in admiring his/her smallest achievements. You can further motivate your child by-
What it needs from us parents is that extra support, time and encouragement. Make physical activity/sports a part of your little one's lifestyle and give your child a healthy and energetic smile for life. After all, we owe it to our children and the next generation….
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