Obesity among children in the United States has tripled within the last two decades. Obesity causes social problems for children and often brings about diabetes, coronary disease, and musculoskeletal problems in adulthood. Preschool fitness is a sure way to help prevent childhood obesity and improve children’s health.
By age three, most children can go up and downstairs by alternating their feet, throw overhand, and start place. Most four-year-olds can catch a bounced ball, pedal a tricycle, and jump using a running start. By five, most children can skip, leading with one foot; roll like a log, and pump their legs over a swing.
Physical education activities like running and playing tag help children stay toned. Family activities like walking, sledding, and biking help children enjoy exercise.
Parents can take other learning to make sure their preschoolers learn about and employ fitness activities:
Active Free Play
Give children a minimum of 60 minutes each day for active free play. Let them run, climb, throw, dig, jump, and pedal until they may be tired. Riding toys, balls, and swingsets will help them stay active. Toys must be age-appropriate, for instance, a fat bat and whiffle ball rather than a hardwood bat and ball.
Structured Physical Exercise
Plan at least one hour of structured physical exercise daily. Teach children dance and game-playing skills. Enroll them in yoga classes for tots, swimming classes, or gymnastics classes. Classes should give attention to having a great time and building skills, not on winning or losing. (Organized sports are better suited to teens.)
Gross and Fine Motor Skills
Children learn both gross and fine motor skills at preschool age. They need help finding out how to coordinate their movements. Parents may help by encouraging them and providing constructive feedback.
TV and Computer Use
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