Although the colder months are quickly approaching, 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 can enjoy together. These exercises can encourage your toddler to stay active 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
In addition to staying active, a diet filled with nutrient rich foods is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Not only can we make physical activity fun and engaging, but healthy eating as well! The holiday season is just around the corner, so now is a great time to get creative in the kitchen. You can make festive healthy foods for you and your family to enjoy together. Fruits and vegetables are also an important part of a healthy diet. However, it may be difficult to convince your picky toddler to eat them. Parents should consider using cookie cutters to make fun shapes out of fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkin shaped sweet potato rounds or snowmen-shaped banana or apple slices. Star or snowflake shaped zucchini or cucumber slices are also another fun way to serve vegetables!
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.