We are all stuck at home as a result of COVID-19 movement restrictions. However, do not let it become an excuse to halt your exercise routine or that of your children’s. Finding an outlet for them to divest their energy is essential to their overall well-being, as well as preventing them from springing off the walls of your home!
Facing a Crisis
When going through a crisis, it is expected that you will become less focused. This makes it much more difficult to think about exercising especially if you are stuck indoors. However, for both adults and children, being physically active can do wonders for our physical and mental health. With parks, outdoor gyms and play centers closed, how do we ensure our children remain active even in isolation? Let us explore the options below.
A Good Workout
If we are so used to attending classes or performing laps around the park, how can we measure the amount of exercise that we are doing at home and whether it is good enough to keep us fit? It is essential for us to do aerobic exercise which can reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, and many other health concerns. We need to reach at least 55 to 85% of our maximum heart rate which can be calculated by deducting our age from 220.
In simpler terms, any form of exercise that gets your heart pumping will get you breaking a sweat and that is how to know that you are doing the right thing. Any movement is good even if you are mopping down the house or simply having a little dance with the radio on. It does not matter as long as your body is physically active.
It is important to understand the needs and interests of your child before you go about implementing an exercise schedule for them. It also depends on whether you have any other commitments to adhere to before setting aside time for exercise. Children who are more prone to anxiety from being stuck indoors need a schedule that will keep them focused and less anxious. However, for the vast majority of children, a flexible exercise routine will suffice.
The location of exercise is not important but the activity that you decide on for them needs to be something they will enjoy. This will promote excitement and increase the likelihood of them sticking to the routine day after day.
ImprovisingIf you have nothing to do at home or are facing space constraints, it’s time to improvise! If your child used to visit play centers, indoor gyms or leisure centers, you can make use of certain tools at home to recreate their favorite location. There are also fun and exciting indoor playground sets you can purchase and assemble from the comfort of your own home – check out our collection at Fitness Kid today!