Tips on how to keep kids active and reduce sedentary behavior while at home.
With many gyms, parks and recreation centers closed, we know it may be difficult to keep kids physically active while the nation works to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Regular physical activity is important for both our physical and mental well-being. The World Health Organization recommends children and youth aged 5–17 engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
The following are some tips on how to keep kids active and reduce sedentary behavior while at home, with no special equipment and with limited space.
‘Sports Live On’
Although many sports leagues have been cancelled, kids can take a cue from our friends over at Buffalo Wild Wings and show off their athletic skills while practicing social distancing. Join the #SportsLiveOn challenge and have kids practice their favorite sport in a clever and unique way. Perfect the jump shot with trash can basketball, improve dribbling skills with toilet paper, or set up putt-putt golf in the backyard! Take a look at this video for some cool ideas and motivation to keep sports alive, while staying at home.
Planet Fitness Home Work-Ins
Just because your gym is closed, doesn’t mean you can’t still attend a workout class! Our friends over at Planet Fitness are offering free, live-streamed workout videos every day. The workouts change daily, and so do the instructors. Tune in daily, and you might even be lucky enough to have a class led by a celebrity! Tune in on Facebook.
A simple one to get started – 100 reps of this one exercise.
For more, try the Couch 2 5K program! The program alternates walking with short bits of running to build up to running a full 5k in 9 weeks. The UK’s National Health System has the program written out, an app, training tips, and podcasts for each workout!
Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you and your family remain calm and continue to protect your health during this time.