Lockdown learning – Don’t forget to exercise, have fun and rest
Last week it was the home – schooling blues, for some we may have got into a routine and are really quite enjoying it. For others, lockdown may still be quite difficult.
How ever we feel it is alright. We need to congratulate ourselves for keeping going and getting through the day. Whilst it is important to have a routine, it is just as important to adapt it to one that works for you and your family.
Home-schooling might be the new normal for most people – we need to remember that exercise, fun and rest are just as vital as learning to help us through this tough times.
- Emphasize fun. Help your child find a sport that she enjoys. The more she enjoys the activity, the more likely she will be to continue it. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.
- Choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate. For example, a 7- or 8-year-old child is not ready for weight lifting or a 3-mile run, but soccer, bicycle riding, and swimming are all well great activities for kids this age.
- Plan ahead. Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.
- Provide a safe environment. Make sure your child’s equipment and where they practice or play is safe. Make sure your child’s clothing is comfortable and appropriate for the activity.
- Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.
- Be a role model. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves.
- Play with your children. Help them learn a new sport or another physical activity. Or just have fun together by going for a walk, hike, or bike ride.
- Set limits. Limit screen time, including time spent on TV, videos, computers, and video games, each day. Use the free time for more physical activities.
- Make time for exercise. Some children are so overscheduled with homework, music lessons, and other planned activities that they do not have time for exercise.
- Do not overdo activity. Exercise and physical activity should not hurt. If it becomes painful, your child should slow down or try a less vigorous activity. As with any activity, it is important not to overdo it.
- If exercise starts to interfere with school or other activities, talk with your child’s doctor.