Although the colder months are quickly approaching now that November is officially here, it is still important for you and your family to stay physically active. We’ve previously highlighted exercises that kids can perform using an exercise ball , and today’s post will focus on simple exercises for toddlers that you and your toddler can enjoy together. Performing these exercises together is a great way to encourage your toddler to stay active, especially during the winter months, in a fun and engaging way!
The exercises demonstrated within our PTtip video include:
- Seated Hands to Toes Stretch
- Jumping Jacks
- Frog Hops
- Wheel Barrow
A diet filled with variety and nutrient rich foods is another important component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for both you and your young ones. Not only can we make physical activity fun and engaging, but healthy eating as well! The holiday season is just around the corner and now is a great time to get creative in the kitchen by making festive healthy foods for you and your family to enjoy together. With fruits and vegetables being an important part of a healthy diet, but sometimes deemed as the more difficult food groups for picky eaters, a few ideas to consider are using cookie cutters to make fun shapes out of fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkin shaped sweet potato rounds or snowmen using banana or apple slices. Star or snowflake shaped zucchini or cucumber slices are another fun way to serve vegetables as well!
Make sure you watch the PTtip video to learn how to properly perform the above exercises, and if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our physical therapists, give us a call today at 1-855-PT-FIRST!
*As a reminder, always discuss any questions or concerns with your physician regarding your own health and dietary needs, as the information written should not replace any medical advice.