Some fitness enthusiasts are taking their habit a bit too far by involving their babies and toddlers and taking them to fitness centres for group baby exercises. This type of extremism is mind-boggling.
Either the child is completely sedentary or the child is over loaded with physical stimuli under the pretext of giving him/her the much-needed exercise. Extremism in the pursuit of good health is not a very good idea and is doomed for failure. Moderation is the name of the game so here are some tips to get your baby on the path of a moderately fit childhood.
The Best Exercises For A Baby
Stimulate The Body As Well As The Mind
Health and fitness is holistic and comes from a healthy body and an alert mind. Take some time out during the day when you can actively play with your child. Once the child starts walking, encourage him/her to take the baby steps. Take the baby out into the garden and show him/her the various flowers.
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Take the child to the supermarket and walk in with him/her rather than pushing the baby in a pram. All these will give the baby’s muscles, joints, and additional boost. Encourage the crawling child to get up, roll and sit intermittently. Physical stimulation is necessary for all babies.
Make It Enjoyable
The baby should not find physical activity to be laborious or a chore so make it fun by playing a game of peek-a-boo by hiding behind a curtain and letting your child come and look for you.
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Sing to the child and talk to the child as you go for a walk even when he/she is in the pram. Talk to the child and tell all he/she needs to know about the physical activity. It could be something as mundane as making her wash her hands.
Do Not Fence The Baby In
Make sure the baby is not continuously attached to the car seat, pushchair or pram. This will restrict his/her mobility and make him/her cranky. This will also make the child unfit and sedentary.
Small infants should be put down on the floor on a blanket, which will give them plenty of opportunity to roll over. This will also involve less fussing by the parent and constant supervision. On their bellies, on a flat surface most babies will be tempted to inch forward and crawl. This will eventually be good for them.
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Formal Exercise Classes
Many babies are enrolled in formal exercise classes. The important thing to determine is whether the child will benefit from these exercises or not. It is important to ascertain the credentials of the teacher taking these classes and the kind of activity that the child is doing. The exercises should not shake or jostle the baby.
They should also be such that the baby enjoys coos and gurgles as he/she does them. If the baby is confused or frightened, you need to do a quick review of the situation. There should also be music and age appropriate equipment for the baby to play with
It is also important for the baby to set his/her pace while exercising. Be a good role model by exercising first. Fitness will automatically get ingrained in your child.
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