Friday, 19 April 2013

Preparing toddlers for the London Marathon!

With the London marathon looming, adult runners are preparing for a major feat. However, what mums and dads may not realise is that on a daily basis, the nutrition our little ones require to achieve every day milestones, like crawling, walking and running, is comparable to the power grown-ups need to complete major achievements.

The boys, at 27 months have discovered "Ready, Steady, Go". It has them in fits of laughter. We never have the same winner. And then throw in 'Hide & Seek' which results in not only chasing, but a lot of rough and ready fun.
I think they have more energy in their little fingers than I have in my whole body.
The First Steps Research, commissioned by Growing Up Milk, highlights how a toddler’s daily antics, which might include: tottering from one end of the sofa to the other, playing in their sandpit or even their afternoon nap, uses the same energy, when compared ‘pound for pound’ to an adult running 30 miles. That's more than a marathon.

This is also equivalent to:

· Eight hours of straight singles tennis – just three hours shy of the record breaking 11 hour, five minute match set at Wimbledon, by Nicolas Mahut and John Isner in 2010

· Rowing for six hours – plenty of time to row the 21 miles of the English Channel

· 250 minutes boxing – that’s 83 rounds in the ring, which is over 27 individual fights

Leading dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton explains the science behind these findings. She comments: “To illustrate the difference between a toddler’s and an adult’s diet, the First Steps Research worked out the average calories required to support a toddler on a daily basis. We took into consideration their weight, resting metabolic rate, and energy necessary for growth, development and activity. Each of these factors, when compared with an average 70kg (154lb) adult, equated ‘pound for pound’ to a 3,600 calorie daily diet for an adult. That's enough to run marathons, climb Ben Nevis twice, or box more than seven fights consecutively.

“I hope the findings of the First Steps Research go some way to help parents understand why it is so important for our toddlers to get the right healthy balanced diet, designed to meet their special nutritional needs, including the right amount of vitamins – for this amazing period of growth and development.”

Visit GrowingUpMilkInfo.com to find out more about the amazing growth and development that one toddlers experience from the age of one to three. The website offers nutritional advice from experts, as well hints and tips on ways to top-up your toddler's daily vitamin D intake, and the role Growing Up Milk can play to help support little ones.

Disclaimer: This information has been brought to you in my role as a 'Growing Up Milk Mum'. This information is brought to you of interest, without recompense.

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