With the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have switched to online learning. Due to the pandemic, children are spending more time at home and lacking the physical activity facilitated through recess and gym class when they were physically attending school. It is important for parents to find ways to incorporate physical activity at home and prioritize healthy living. In doing so, families can reduce the risk of childhood obesity and reduce the stress and anxiety experienced during these unprecedented times.
So let’s talk exercise!
Exercise is a method of physical activity to boost physical health and in turn improve mental health. During the course of exercise, the release of endorphins is stimulated which are the feel good neurotransmitters that relax us and boost our positivity. Physical activity from jumping, hopping or skipping can help boost a child’s energy, prevent weight gain, improve motor skills and improve cognitive functioning for better learning.
As the days get colder and the sun sets earlier, outdoor play may be minimal but online videos and virtual classes can be a great benefit to increase fun and fitness while children are learning from home.
Youtube is a great resource for virtual fun and fitness. Consider exploring the Little Sports Youtube Channel for virtual fitness content for kids as well as Popsugar Fitness for family routines.
Other useful fitness ideas to consider include: setting up dance parties, yoga sessions, walks with the family before or after dinner, distributing household chores or creating a scavenger hunt in the house. An added bonus is spending time whipping up healthy snacks during lunch and snack time that kids can enjoy and help make. See (https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/galleries/12-fun-healthy-snacks-kids-can-make-themselves/9wx4ksre?page=5) for some healthy, yummy, kid friendly recipes.