In our present environment with COVID-19, it can be difficult to change up routine that is now, so home-based. Now that we are about a month into self-isolation, do you have a routine? How do the kids stay amused with so much indoor time? Can we keep kids active in light of this pandemic? How about exercise that can involve the whole family? Exercise with the kids is good for the kids. Good for everyone! Special thanks to “Today’s Parent” for some of these excellent suggestions!
Build An Obstacle Course At Home
Have a designated path set out with painters tape. Include maneuvering around chairs, under beds, upstairs, downstairs. Give out prizes of fruit kabobs to all who finish!
Have Activity Stations At Home
Have different physical fitness activity stations. One for jumping jacks. A station for pushups. One for running in place. Time each exercise station for 2 minutes with 2- minute breaks in between. Hand out certificates to everyone for participating.
Use a Nintendo Wii
Play tennis or golf. Maybe dance. All the family can get in the act!
YouTube Exercises For Kids
Yep. They’re there! Just do a search and start working out. Everyone can participate too!
Play Volleyball With A Balloon
Use an open space or create some room. Setup a net with a piece of string. Blowup a ballon and start playing! Extra points for head butts with the balloon!
Play Hide and Seek-Indoor Style
Your kids will get their movement in looking in all the nooks and crannies for their siblings in this indoor playground.
Try Using A Hoola Hoop
The kids can get all their muscles working using a hula hoop. Try it around the waist, the ankle and the arm. You’ll need some room to make sure nothing gets hit. The garage could be an option. This really helps with coordination.
Use your driveway or garage and play skip rope with the kids. It keeps them moving. Single rope or double dutch!
Dance With The Kids
Allow kids to pick the playlist and bust some moves!
Have Kids Help With Household Chores
All movement is good. Having everyone participate in household chores is not only jointly helpful, it instills responsibility in children. Putting out the garbage. Making their beds. Picking up toys and putting them away. It’s all good!
Keeping kids active is important with the lack of school activities, outdoor and extracurricular activities. Exercise keeps kids busy, keeps up their spirits and ensures good sleep at night. Kids activities can be helpful for adult activities too. Participate with them and give your own exercise a boost. It’s not only good for physical health, it’s important for mental health too!
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!