Three-year-old twins will soon be learning how to swim while their parents are away, after a team of researchers at the Royal Children’s Hospital in London’s West End discovered that their parents can be a great help.
Researchers from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK found that their babies’ mothers are a “natural source” of exercise, motivation and motivation, especially if their babies are learning by themselves.
“Our research suggests that babies need parents who are motivated to exercise, and also motivate them when they’re in the bath,” Professor Susan Laidlaw, one of the researchers, said.
“In other words, mothers provide the necessary motivation for their babies to be active.”
Researchers were surprised to discover that parents’ physical activity and exercise level were correlated.
They discovered that the more the baby had been doing exercise, the more likely they were to engage in a similar amount of activity as their parents.
“If the baby is active and is doing something that parents have recommended, then that activity will be better rewarded,” Professor Laidawes said.
“But if the baby isn’t doing that activity, then they’re less likely to be motivated to keep going, which in turn will lead to more boredom.”
The research has implications for children’s health.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge said they were already seeing the positive effects of regular exercise in children, but it was not yet clear if these effects would apply to babies.
This new research is helping to shape the future of infant exercise.
“One of the biggest things that we’re working on is how to promote and make it easier for babies to do a lot of physical activity,” Dr Elizabeth Johnson, from the Children’s Exercise Centre at the Childrens Hospital, said in a statement.
“For the older children, this might mean more physical activity as they are less likely [to] want to be distracted or distracted from their own activity.”
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