Keeping Kids Physically Active While Learning From Home

The coronavirus situation is worsening again as the Omicron variant is spreading fast. As a result, kids are forced to stay at home, and parents are avoiding sending kids out. Due to this situation, kids these days are not as active as they are supposed to be. They spend more time glued to the screens than going outdoors. Parents should focus on keeping kids physically active while learning from home in such a situation. Here are some suggestions.

Ø  Cosmic Kids Yoga

Introduce yoga and mindfulness to your kids by visiting the Cosmic Kids YouTube page or streaming videos from the Cosmic Kids app. Kids who learn yoga and mindfulness from a young age would likely do better as adults than kids who didn’t learn these two essentials. Click here for more.

Ø  Active Home Resource Center

Consider the free website of Active Home Resource Center, where parents can access meaningful movement opportunities that progress students toward physical education and social and emotional learning outcomes. Visit the website here.

Ø  Music + Movement Videos on YouTube

There are countless videos on YouTube that help kids get on their feet and enjoy music while moving. It will make the movements easier and more fun. Even adults can participate, and kids can imitate their parents.

Ø  Start Small

When teaching your kid to be physically active, start with low-intensity options like short walks, low-intensity cycling, walking on a treadmill, or low-intensity/low-impact fitness videos.

Ø  Increase the Pace

Once your kid starts liking physical activity, you can go for higher intensity activities like dancing, fitness videos, sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc.), running, and jogging.

Ø  5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count

You can also try the 5-2-1-0 method in which you give your kid five or more servings of fruits and vegetables, ensure 2 hours or less screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 (or close to) sugar-laden beverages.

Benefits of Being Active

When kids are active, they will have strong bones and muscles, a healthy weight, better sleep, a better mindset, and a lesser probability of developing type 2 diabetes.

How to Motivate a Kid to Stay Physically Active While Learning from Home?

There are three simple ways to motivate kids to stay physically active when learning from home.

Age Matters

Always choose the activity per your kids’ age. If you choose something too tough or too easy, your kid might not be motivated to go for it.

Give them the Tools

Give the kids the tools they need to make the activity fun. For instance, when picking soccer, give them the gear they need. Similarly, give your kid their own yoga mat if you want them to try yoga.

Make it Fun

Make sure the activity you pick has a fun element. Your kid should enjoy it and smile when they do it. It shouldn’t be boring or mundane!

How Active Should a Kid Be?

According to the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, children and youth between the ages of 5 to 17 must do at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. It should include aerobic activities for at least three days every week and muscle/bone-strengthening activities for at least three days every week


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