Ann Douglas answers:
You're wise to try to make active living a part of your child's life from a very early age. Human beings are, after all, creatures of habit: soon that daily walk around the block will seem as natural to him as brushing his teeth and listening to bedtime stories. Here are some fun ways to get your toddler hooked on being physically active:
Of course, encouraging physical activity is a moot point for some parents. Some toddlers spend their lives in perpetual motion. If only you could harvest a little of that energy for yourself!
One final thought on toddlers and physical activity: there's a world of difference between telling kids about the benefits of being physically active and showing them that fitness is a priority in your own life. If you're not physically active yourself, your words are likely to lose their impact. Bottom line? You have to be prepared to walk the walk -- literally.
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