Big kids aren't the only ones who need physical activity as a part of their daily well-being. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) released guidelines two years ago on physical activity and sedentary behavior for infants, ages 1-2 and toddlers 3-4, getting kids moving is more important than ever. That's because up to 80 percent of adolescents are insufficiently active, the WHO says, so building up a desire to be active has to start in childhood. 

Work on creating a daily routine for your kids, starting with activity in the morning that doesn't involve a screen.


GUIDELINES
(created by the World Health Organization)


INFANTS (less than 12 months old)

Should get at least 30 minutes per day in the "prone" position, i.e. "tummy time. It can be spread throughout the day. In addition, the more interactive floor-based play you can get them, the better.
Should not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time. This includes strollers, high chairs and baby carriers.

AGES 1 - 2

Should get at least 30 minutes per day in the "prone" position, i.e. "tummy time. It can be spread throughout the day. In addition, the more interactive floor-based play you can get them, the better.

Should not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time. This includes strollers, high chairs and baby carriers.

AGES 3 - 4

Should get at least 180 minutes per day in a variety of physical activities. At least 60 of those minutes should be at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity. The more, the better.

Should not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time, as in a stroller, or sit for extended periods of time. This includes strollers, high chairs and baby carriers.

AGES 5 and up

 Should get at least one hour per day of physical activity that is moderate-to-vigorous in intensity.

 

WATER PARK FUN!

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