Physical exercises- Does your toddler need any?

  • By Dr. T Deepa Porkodi

Your child probably burns more calories in one day than you do in a whole week at the gym.

Toddlers are extremely hyper. They are learning new things and exploring new wonders. They learn how their bodies work by squatting, crawling, jumping, walking and running. All this fascinates them so much that they cannot keep still for a moment. They are always doing one thing or the other. Crawling all over the house, climbing up sofas, jumping on the bed, running around. Amidst all this physical activity, is there really need for more exercise?

No, say doctors. They get all the exercise they need just from going about their normal routine.

If you are worried that your toddler is chubby, don't be; toddlers come in all shapes and sizes and it's not time yet to worry about her weight. If you feel she's too sedentary, try to replace quieter activities such as playing with dolls and watching TV with more energetic ones. You are most likely your child's favorite playmate, so make sure you get physical with her as much as you can. If your child attends daycare, make sure her daycare center provides regular activity periods and plenty of space to run and play.

So as long as your toddler isn’t getting too tired doing all the activities he is doing, there is no need to worry. Just make sure he eats well to get the energy for all that amount of activity!