As the days draw in and temperatures drop, you may be tempted to leave exercising with your child until the lighter days come back. Don't!  
Stay active throughout autumn and winter with our top tips! 
For children, exercise means mainly playing and being physically active. Children exercise when they are at nursery playing with friends and spending time outside, while riding bikes, or when playing tag etc. 
The Many Benefits of Exercise 
Everyone can benefit from regular exercise. Active children and babies will have: 
• stronger bones and muscles 
• leaner bodies 
• less risk of becoming overweight 
• lower chance of getting type 2 diabetes 
• lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels 
• a better outlook on life 
Did you know that active children and babies also sleep better too! 
We have listed some great activities that you can do with your child as the nights are drawing in making it hard to spend time outside: 
• Ice Skating 
• Swimming 
• Play Gyms 
• Trampoline Parks 
• Indoor Parks and Soft Plays 
• Dance/basketball/Football Classes that are indoor 
• Going out for a walk in the dark - children really notice the difference in what they see and how they feel. 
How Much Exercise Is Enough? 
Toddlers and preschool children should play actively several times per day. Toddlers should get at least 60 minutes of active play every day and pre-schoolers should have at least 180 minutes of active play every day. This time should include planned, adult-led physical activity and active free play. 
Babies should be encouraged to be active throughout each day. Before your baby begins to crawl, encourage them to be physically active by reaching and grasping, pulling and pushing, moving their head, body and limbs during daily routines, and during supervised floor play, including tummy time. 
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