Homeschool PE: Keeping your Kids Active this School Year
Are you struggling to find ways to keep your kids active with gyms/sports & schools being closed?!
Are you wondering how to keep your future pro baseball or basketball player on top of their game?
Are you concerned about all that extra screen time and not sure how to make physical activity fun?
Moms I got you! While I don't have kids myself, I know first hand how hard it can be to motivate to exercise! And while I can't imagine what your feeling adjusting to this new role of teacher, I do know exercise, at all life stages and I want to help you, help your kids.
Exercise in the traditional sense isn't much use to kids if it's not fun! A few pushups with mom or dad might be ok, but asking them to do 3 sets of 12 reps and then run a mile is probably going to get you some looks and words of um no!
The solution? Make it a game, get outdoors, and get everyone involved. Here's my top 3 tips & activities to get the kids off the screens and get them moving.
1. Make it a game: Play tag, touch football, catch, hide and seek (safely in a local park or backyard), have a potato sack race (you can use old pillowcases), have a dance-off, learn and do a viral tiktok dance or take a virtual dance class.
2. Make it an adventure: Take them on a hike (alltrails.com lets you filter kid friendly options near you) and see who can spot the most unusual plant or bug, ask your neighbors to do a "bear hunt" having each house put a teddy bear in a window -see how many your kids can spot, plant a garden - pick up some seedlings from the store and plant fresh herbs or flowers (you can do this in containers inside or outside), or build an obstacle course in your living room or backyard.
3. Try Yoga: Yoga is great for all ages! Have younger ones try fun animal poses or follow along to a frozen yoga session on YouTube. If older kids are struggling with loneliness or stress/anxiety yoga can be very calming. Try a virtual class with an instructor or get a group to do a zoom group session.
BONUS for sport-specific training (basketball, soccer, baseball, football, etc) kids need strength and agility training. Bokskids.org, activekids.com, and parents.com are all great resources to start. If you're not sure how much your child needs to do, or what exercises are best for your children, book a session with a trainer (me! 🙋🏻♀️) or a coach familiar with the sport that works with kids!
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