As a family with two young boys who have lots of energy, it has been a bit of a challenge to keep them active and use up that excess energy during lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Physical activity is an important part of a child’s development; it improves sleep, helps to maintain a healthy weight, and develops bone and muscle, as well as making them feel good.
Government advice is for children under 5 years to do at least 180 minutes of movement a day, and for 5-18 year olds to do at least 60 minutes a day (Physical activity guidelines can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/physical-activity-guidelines-infographics)
We have been out for walks, scooting and cycling around our local neighbourhood, as well as playing in our small garden, but not everyone has access to decent outdoor space or can do those activities.
We’ve also found some indoor activities that, as a family, we have found fun:
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – You can find this on YouTube. I find that the instructor really engages the children, and there are lots of their favourite stories available to choose from such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and other popular movies and books. If you thought Yoga was slow, wait until you try Cosmic Kids Yoga!
- Change for Life – 10 minute shake up https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities/indoor-activities The Change for Life website has a huge amount of ideas to keep the whole family active whether it’s indoors or out. My boys really enjoy Cruz’s training station as they love the Disney “Cars” movies. There is an animated 10 minute timer to encourage the boys during the activity and I shout out exercises such as jumping jacks, running on the spot, and hopping which we change every 20 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in-between.
There is so much available online that can help to keep the whole family active whilst following the governments guidelines on social distancing. Just remember it’s all about Moving More!