Juggling work, school and mental & physical health is no easy task! With back to school up in the air and the return of virtual schooling, there is more pressure than ever on parents to balance these demands.
At Springfree, we know that being active and enhancing mental health go hand in hand. What’s more, regular exercise and sun exposure can really boost your immune system.
Recess at home – Be safe. Be healthy. Be happy!
There are so many benefits to moving your body including; Better sleep, lifted mood and increased ability to manage stress and anxiety.
We all need sun exposure to make vitamin D. Our bodies work best when they get some sunshine every day.
Reminders before heading out to soak up some vitamin D:
Less Stress and More Recess
Recess time is a part of school life and kids benefit from this active time as a part of their daily routine. With everyone already having to readjust to virtual, at-home schooling, adding at-home recess may seem daunting. It’s one thing to entertain them all day on the weekends. It’s another when you have seven days a week to fill for an indefinite period of time.
Here’s 5 ideas to keep all the bodies in your household moving and grooving – AND you can enjoy recess in the comfort of your backyard.
Here’s a few ideas, to get you started:
Children are more likely to exercise when they see you being active. There are a ton of exercises that are safe for all ages. Start by stretching together as a family. Trying jumping on the trampoline for at least 10 minutes a day, jumping rope, jumping jacks, planks, push-ups, crunches, forward lunges and squats. You could even create different stations around the backyard and rotate to each station with music.
Take turns playing some b-ball games on your trampoline with your FlexrHoop.
Instead of inhibiting movement when learning, try to encourage your kids to use their bodies whenever possible. Movement allows children to connect concepts to action and to learn through trial and error. Try Twister, hopscotch, learn shapes, colors & numbers and other memory games.
Have a dance party, sing karaoke or practice your favorite instrument outside. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills. In addition to the developmental benefits, simply put: music brings us joy. Rock band in the backyard!
Make physical activity part of the daily routine, just as eating, homework, and other routine activities take place. Choose activities your family already enjoys and this will become part of their daily routine more easily. Make recess a family activity, so everyone is involved and benefits. Try to aim for 30-60 minutes of activity a day. If this timeframe is tough, break it up throughout the day. Also, try unplugging from technology during recess and trampoline time. Try adding some of these recess activities into the everyday schedule and you and your family will feel happier and healthier in no time!