As much as we know that this is the topic you hear about quite often, we felt the need to write an article about it and make sure that it’s out there for people to think about it one more time.
Physical activity is extremely important for humans of all ages, all the time, but now, considering the recent circumstances, more than ever. Modern way of living has significantly changed our daily routines and the situation is even more serious with all the restrictions we are experiencing at the moment. You know how you feel when you don’t get a chance to move as much, go out and enjoy some of your daily activities. Can you imagine how our children feel?
They didn’t lose just organized sports activities, they lost that walk to the bus, car, store, playground, they lost moving from one class to another, to the cafeteria, running the hallways, recess time, playing tag with friends and running around the school grounds, socializing with their classmates. This has a huge impact on our children’s wellbeing. The only difference is that, as adults, we can recognize that feeling and usually we do something about it. Our children need our help with this and I speak about it as a parent first, since I see it in my house every day.
Online schooling is making sure that our children keep up academically with their course work and schools are doing everything they can to help students move up the scale in their education. Most of the physical and emotional part of the child’s development is on families
now. Our P.E. teachers are doing a great job during their scheduled classes to keep our students actively engaged but that is not enough.
Here are a few things that we can do at home to help our children get through this difficult period:
Most important is to have daily family routines with exercise being part of it,
regardless of the age of the children.
Choose activities that your family is already enjoying. Occasionally try something
new and different.
Make these active times – family times.
Aim for at least 45 – 60 minutes per day.
Try to be outdoors as much as possible.
Some of the activities can be as simple as a walk in the park or neighborhood or taking your pet for a walk, or just playing with pets outside, maybe bike or scooter ride, it could be a jog or kicking the ball, or shooting at the hoop, jumping the rope…anything that you can do within the proximity of your home and at the same time avoiding crowds. Those children with an organized sports activity within the club that is still going on, should continue with it and add these daily routines as much as possible. If being outside is not possible due to the weather or restrictions, there are tons of activities we can do at home. Please see resources for ideas.
We wish you and your family activity and healthy New Year!
Athletics and Activities Department
Making Physical Activity a Part of a Child’s Life
Physical activity for children and youth
Indoor and at-home exercises for kids
Fitness and Your 6- to 12-Year-Old