How Kids Can Maintain Physical Fitness During Social Distancing
During this time of social distancing, you may not be able to go to the gym, but it’s okay to walk, run, play sports, have a scavenger hunt, or bike outside, so long as you keep a safe distance — ideally about six feet — from other people. Plenty of research shows that everyday activities improve your overall health, so any amount of movement you can squeeze in counts.
If working out at home, your child can get creative with things you already own. Use bottles for weights, dish towels for sliders (for exercises like lunges and mountain climbers) or a sturdy chair for step-ups. There are also plenty of no-equipment-required exercises — like stretches, squats, lunges, burpees, sit-ups, planks, push-ups, crab walks, cartwheels and mountain climbers — you can do in even a small space.
Keeping your kids in motion — whether you have an outdoor area or not — won’t be easy. The siren call of the couch is bound to grow stronger as you spend more time at home. It’ll be imperative to make time for you and the kids to stretch, jump, or even have a dance party every day.
Here are some links to some online workout videos for kids that can help them use up extra energy. These are videos that are fun, enjoyable, appropriate, and get kids moving. These videos don’t require any special workout equipment either! Just clear a space in your living room, set up a laptop or connect your TV to YouTube and get going!
Cosmic Kids Yoga https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Animal Exercises for Kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26guG6wr5so
Just Dance for Kids – Super Mario
Just Dance for Kids – Despicable Me – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf_dEcgeJWo&t=27s
Kids Workout Video – (Great for older kids)
Beachbody Kids Workouts https://vimeo.com/showcase/6880106
Get Moving with Disney Family – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=get+moving+with+disney+family
Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!
Randy Neiswenter, Physical Education Teacher