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Encouraging Exercise in Toddlers

November 10, 2011

There is a global trend towards obesity, and this epidemic is worrying to all of us. But the most disturbing fact is that toddlers and younger children are already starting to exhibit signs of being overweight. If this is how a child starts her life, then the likelihood that she will struggle with being heavy throughout her life is far higher. There are a number of reasons for this worrying trend, but thankfully there are solutions that you can implement in order to change or prevent such a situation.

Here are three areas that you can focus on in order to keep your child at a healthy size. It’s a guarantee that they will be healthier as a result.

Nutrition

Growing children do need to take in a high amount of slow-acting carbohydrates and even some sugars to get them through the day, but overfeeding kids and poor diet choices can lead to health issues and obesity at an alarmingly young age. Some baby foods already contain sweeteners and preservatives, which will cause your child harm from the outset. It is advisable to make the baby food yourself once he has reached a certain age. Instead of buying expensive baby puree, why not make it yourself? This way you can regulate exactly what goes into the food, experiment with combinations that baby enjoys, and save money while interacting with your child. Slightly older children will also have the urge for unhealthy foods, and are likely to lash out if they don’t get what they want. You need to assert your authority here, and try to get them on the healthiest diet possible. In time they will grow to enjoy these foods. Try to get them involved in the cooking process – if they feel engaged they will be more likely to eat what is on offer. Emphasizing healthy dietary habits will become a lifelong safeguard against obesity.

Exercise

Once your child is old enough to decide whether they want to play inside or lounge outside, you can start encouraging exercise. Something as simple as playing will help the muscles develop, keep them healthy, and help to keep weight off. Put off the purchase of TV or computer games for as long as possible! A healthy life outdoors will encourage lifelong activity.

Rules

At the end of the day it is still your responsibility to control what your child eats and does. Always take responsibility, lead by example, and make sure that you stick to dietary rules or outdoor guidelines religiously. You will soon see and improvement.

This guest post was written by freelance writer Victoria. She is a mother of two and a huge fan of art.

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