It is recommended that children have 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Unfortunately, physical activity drops as the child grows older as does the types of activity they participate in. The importance of physical activity being a regular part of family life cannot be overstated so we have listed some key information below to help you keep your children healthy, active and energised.

Physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. It also reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease later in life. It helps children fall asleep much quicker and sleep better in general as well as increase the child’s mental and behavioral health. Furthermore, it also encourages teamwork and friendship when the sport is played as part of a team or group.

The 5 Awesome Techniques to Encourage Your Child to Be More Active

1. Make it fun. Help your child find a sport that they enjoy. The more they enjoy it the more likely they are to continue with it. If possible, encourage the entire family to get involved. The activity is also a great way to spend time together as a family unit.

2. Choose the right activity. Ensure the chosen activity is appropriate for the age. Going for a 4 mile jog or going to the gym to lift weights is not appropriate for a child who is too young. Sports such as football, cycling, swimming and cricket are better activities for younger children.

3.Safety First. Make sure all activity equipment is safe and the area is suitable. Just as importantly, ensure your child’s clothing is comfortable and appropriate for the activity. Consider age appropriate equipment as young children require size relevant access to balls, jump ropes, and other activity toys.

4. Be the role model. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves. You can also help them learn a new sport or another physical activity by exploring the activity or sport and practising with them. Remember to have fun and if required, set limits to avoid burning out.

5. Never overdo activity. Exercise and physical activity should not hurt. If it becomes painful, your child should slow down or try a less vigorous activity. As with any activity, it is important not to overdo it. If exercise starts to interfere with school or other activities, talk with your child’s doctor.​

All children, regardless of their shape or size, are encouraged to live healthy and active lives. Being involved in the activity and participating is just as if not more important than being good at it. Whatever their fitness personality, all children can be physically fit. A parent’s positive attitude will help a child who’s reluctant to exercise to become more involved.

Twisty Tails Nurseries promote good health and activity and we actively encourage all our attendants to participate in age appropriate physical activities. To make an inquiry about our availability and to arrange a visit please, see details below or  click here. Thank you

PINNER NURSERY

Rear of 13A Bishops Walk, High Street, Pinner HA5 5QQ
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COLINDALE NURSERY

25 Sheaveshill Avenue, Colindale, London, NW9 6SE.
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HEAD OFFICE

Devonshire Business Centre, 582 Honeypot Lane, Stanmore HA7 1JS
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