Kids who engage in regular physical activity are stronger, more confident, and have a better outlook on life.
Here is a simple guide to helping you little ones get moving and stay healthy.
This is a suggested Activity Chart from Kids Health
| Minimum Daily Activity || Comments |
| Infant || No specific requirements || Physical activity should encourage motor development |
| Toddler || 1½ hours || 30 minutes planned physical activity AND 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play) |
| Preschooler || 2 hours || 60 minutes planned physical activity AND 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play) |
| School Age || 1 hour or more || Break up into bouts of 15 minutes or more |
Infants and young children should not be inactive for prolonged periods of time — no more than 1 hour unless they're sleeping. And school-age children should not be inactive for periods longer than 2 hours.
Planned play doesn't have to be gymnastics or little league, though those do qualify. It can be as simple as taking a walk, going for a bike ride, dancing, or playing catch. Free Play is just that where you don't guide a child's imagination, letting them climb, spin, run, play tag, whatever there little hearts (& legs) desire.
Here are a few websites for more information and ideas for helping get your little one in a grove!
Let's Move Iniative
BAM! (Body and Mind) kids health by the CDC