How can I get my child to be more physically active - without having to say it over and over or have them complain about it? Ah. Gotcha. Yes.
Now more than ever, we as parents, are trying to answer this question. We are still in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic and most of our children are left without organized sports, playdates, and community fun. Here in Los Angeles and many other cities across America, we still have no in-person school with stay-at-home orders still in effect.
Meanwhile, our kids are spending more and more time in front of screens for distance learning, entertainment and video game playing, sitting more and doing less, which has just left parents reeling.
As a mother, I feel you and I'm right there with you.
Here are some tips we have used in our household to increase physical activity for our son that might help you too!
running lines drawn in the driveway
sidewalk chalk art
reorganizing parts of their room
helping around house - what can they do that will help the family?
making a donation pile - have them find things they no longer use that someone else can and put it in a donation box or bag
animal moves - bear crawls, crab walks, frog jumps, inchworms...go!
art projects, drawing & crafts
writing thank you cards or letters to loved ones with squat jumps in between
reading + planks + reading + planks
have a family sit up contest. go!
Ok, so you need a workout to get you going? Fire up your legs, glutes and core now with this 14 minute workout. Have your child do it with you or time you.
Perform move 1 for 3 minutes + move 2 for 2 minutes + move 3 for 1 minute then rest 1 minute. Do this x 2 for a total of 14 minutes.
1. Walking Lunges 3 min - drop back knee to tap or hover the floor
2. Squats 2 min - feet about hip width, push hips back like you are going to sit in a chair and extend hips fully at the top
3. ”V” ups 1 min - start on your back with arms overhead, legs straight. Lift arms and feet at the same me to create a ”V” shape. Lower with control and hover limbs over the floor. X 1 minute
Shine on and talk with you soon.