How do I know if my preschooler is getting enough exercise?

A preschooler should get 60 minutes or more of exercise daily through regular active play. For preschoolers this play may be free play/unstructured activity, while it may be partially directed or sports team-related for school-age children.
Ask yourself the following questions. If you can usually answer “yes” to these questions, your preschooler is probably getting enough physical activity.
  • Does your preschooler play outdoors or in a room where they are free to run around several times a day?
  • Does your preschooler watch less than two hours of TV daily (including all screen time)?
  • Do you make sure that your preschooler doesn’t sit for more than 60 minutes at one time?
  • When actively playing, is your preschooler breathing quickly and/or sweating?
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