How Much Exercise

Q: “How much exercise does my 2-year-old need?”

A: Toddlers should get all the exercise they need in active play—running, walking, dancing, building and generally being busy for several hours each day.

If your 2-year-old is showing signs of excessive weight gain, however, talk to your child’s healthcare provider about how to ensure normal growth now, including regulating diet and activity.

One of the most important things parents can do to prevent childhood obesity is to turn off the TV and get their children into active play.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 2 not watch TV or use other digital devices at all, and those older should have no more than 2 hours of total screen time (whether TV, computer, smartphone or gaming device) a day.

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